Joel Embiid has been proving why he’s the best player in the Philadelphia 76ers team. After putting up monster averages during their playoff sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics, many wondered if Philly is doing a disservice to Embiid. While Ben Simmons was injured for that series, the questions loomed large and a front office makeover took place.
New GM Daryl Morey brought in players that compliment Embiid well, and the team is reaping the benefits. They have started the season 3-1, with Embiid matching averages that the legendary Charles Barkley had. One could say he is carrying the team, and his back must be injured. However, Embiid ended up saying that himself by referencing another iconic interview.
“I hurt my back. My back is broken. Sorry I was trying to, Mike Tyson joke. No I’m fine, nothing to worry about,” joked Embiid in his post-game presser.
Mike Tyson and his ‘spinal’ interview is one of the most iconic post-fight interviews in boxing. C.J. McCollum also referenced Tyson during the 2020 playoffs. Embiid’s back could be hurt from all the load he has been taking this season. However, it was good to see him in high spirits after their win over the Toronto Raptors.
Joel Embiid: Easily the number one option in Philly?
Itt is hard to say Joel Embiid isn’t the number one player on the court for the Philadelphia 76ers after all that he’s done this season. While Ben Simmons is supremely talented, his offensive game still is wooden.
With shooters all around the team and with a deeper bench than last year, the 76ers are primed for a great season. Only questions like the health of their two stars will be on the burner for this team, which looks to fulfill the expectations they’ve been carrying for the past two years now.
Hopefully, this team doesn’t fall apart as the season progresses and can deliver big with the talent that they already possess.
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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. He has previously written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda.com, and WhatCulture.com. In that time, he has covered a wide variety of sports, including pro wrestling. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication.