JJ Redick released his first podcast Wednesday morning on The Ringer network and had a very special guest.
Redick sat down with his new teammate Joel Embiid to talk about his social media exploits, what first got him into basketball eight years ago when he first realized he was really good, and how much fun he’s having playing basketball.
Perhaps Redick’s best accomplishment on his first pod was getting Embiid to admit to being a social media troll.
“Fans do it to us, so why not?” Embiid said. “I feel like I can troll too, so I’m going to do it.”
A lot of the conversation focused around Embiid’s progression from a young kid in Cameroon to where he is today playing on a huge NBA contract.
Redick asked about the moment when he knew he was good. Jo admitted his first NBA game was eye opening and he knew he belonged, but that the real coming out moment hasn’t happened yet. The true potential hasn’t been untapped just yet. Not the 46-point game in Los Angeles. Think about that.
"I think I still haven't figured out yet," Embiid said. "I think I'm still going through a lot when I've gone through the ‘Oh damn! I'm really good!’ but I [haven’t had] the moment where I'm like, ‘Oh, this is the moment that I feel like I made it. I'm really f---ing good.’ Like, a top-five player in the league or something like that. I don't think that moment has come yet."
It likely keeps the rest of the NBA up at night.
Before he got into his conversation with Embiid, Redick talks about his own Sixers experience, including how he's a bit surprised how much success they've had early on.
"The first few months have been surreal," he said.
"I'm having a blast. This has been a great group to be a part of. I'm encouraged and maybe even a little bit surprised with how competitive we've been thus far in the season.
"I'm very confident that we're going to make the playoffs this season. I really feel that."
JJ on Ben Simmons
"For a rookie he is extremely poised — way more poised than I ever could have imagined. I remember on the first day of pickup back in September, my very first impression of Ben was that he is faster, stronger, and more athletic than I ever realized. He really is a special talent. He has the potential to be a transcendent player in the NBA. There aren't many unicorns out there but Ben Simmons falls into that category."