Under Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets became the ultimate three-point frenzy team. So when he moved to the Philadelphia 76ers, there were reports that the same trend would follow in his new team.
But Morey rubbished those reports. “The goal is to not shoot three-pointers, the goal is to win,” he said. “You can score on offense in a whole bunch of different ways. Joel happens to be one of the most efficient post-up players in the league.”
In a time where centers have gone away from the traditional post-scoring, Joel Embiid is one of the very few who still excel at it. While he also can shoot from outside, most of his points come from inside the paint.
So Morey seems keen to get the best out of Embiid by zeroing in at his focal points and honing them for greater efficiency.
At the Rockets, Morey had James Harden, Eric Gordon, and other shooters, so they decided to play to their strengths, which was outside shooting.
Similarly, Morey believes in a similar way, the 76ers will do what they are best at and not just follow what his Rockets did.
He said, “I used to get the question in Houston, ‘What would you do if you had Shaq?’ And my answer was: ‘I would give Shaq the ball about 100 times a game.’
“Joel is a talent on both ends. We played the way we played in Houston because that was the best way to utilize the talents we had in Houston.”
Throughout the interview, Morey went on about Embiid, praising him. That was a clear indication that this is now Embiid’s team. There were barely any mentions about Ben Simmons, the other star on the team. He said that the duo of Embiid and Simmons will work and was confident about the same.
After 3 seasons of playing together without any playoff success, Embiid and Simmons will be hoping to finally change that tune. Making it to the Eastern Conference Finals itself will be a big achievement for the Philadelphia-based outfit.
It is going to be a huge season for them, and fans will be hoping that the players find it in themselves to play through all the pressure that comes with the same.
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