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Joel Embiid shares his love for Ben Simmons on Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast

Joel Embiid shares his love for Ben Simmons on Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast

If you’re a fan of the Sixers, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard of both Joel Embiid and the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast. 

Embiid, with a fitting Zoom name of “PROCESS,” joined Process pioneers Spike Eskin and Michael Levin for an interview from the NBA’s quasi-bubble.

There’s a lot of fun conversation in the podcast, from Embiid’s Rafael Nadal-like routine at the foul line to who he’d take in a 1-on-1 game between Isaiah Canaan and Hollis Thompson. Embiid did “plead the fifth” on a couple of uncomfortable questions but was mostly pretty candid. His comments about Ben Simmons were especially interesting. 

“You think about what he can accomplish in a few years, once he starts knocking those shots down regularly, it just takes him to a different level,” he said of Simmons. “To me, I like seeing my teammates succeed, especially when people are not expecting it, and it just makes me happy.”

While Embiid was honest about the fit with Simmons right now not being a perfect one, he’s excited about what they can accomplish together. 

I’ve always thought for us to win, once he starts understanding the spacing and knowing that when I have the ball on the block, to me the easiest way to get out of double teams is to have four other guys just spaced out on the perimeter, and let me do my thing,” he said. “And if I get doubled, I’m going to kick it out, and just be ready to shoot. He’s been doing that and I’m so happy that he finally now understands, and I think that’s what it takes for us to win a championship. 

“When you think about, we’ve only played — this is what, our third year together playing? We’ve only played for three years, and the potential that we have. And I love him and want to be with him for the rest of my career because I think he has still a lot of potential, and me too. We can get so much better than we are right now and I don’t see the point of us ever playing with somebody else. That’s someone I would love to be playing with for the rest of my career.

And, in case you were curious, Embiid is very much on board with Simmons’ idea of having virtual boos for Sixers “home games” at Disney World. 

“The other day I was talking to Ben,” he said, “and then I called (Sixers VP of communications) Patrick Rees. I’m like, ‘We need some boos in here.’ … When we’re home and fans start booing us, we’re like, ‘Oh, we’ve gotta pick it up. We don’t want to hear it, so I’ve gotta play hard, I’ve gotta make plays.’ When we’re in the bubble and if we’re down or we’re not playing hard, we need them to put the sound of boos from Philly fans in the bubble so we can get it going.”

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Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid (left ankle) out against Suns; Ben Simmons has surgery

Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid (left ankle) out against Suns; Ben Simmons has surgery

The Sixers’ injury update on Monday was a long one. 

Joel Embiid is out for Tuesday’s game against the Suns with the left ankle injury he sustained in the first quarter Sunday vs. the Blazers. He’ll be undergoing treatment and evaluation at the team’s practice Monday night.

Brett Brown wasn’t sure if Embiid would play Wednesday vs. the Raptors, but he expects the three-time All-Star to appear again before the postseason and indicated he doesn't view the injury as serious. The Sixers’ last seeding contest has been officially assigned for Friday at 9 p.m. against the Rockets. 

“I do expect him to,” Brown said. “That’s just one man’s opinion. Nobody’s doing cartwheels over, ‘It’s something severe,’ one. Two, I do believe it would be good for him to play before the playoffs begin.”

Josh Richardson, who scored 34 points against Portland, will rest Tuesday. Tobias Harris is questionable with right ankle soreness and Al Horford is questionable with left knee soreness. Harris hasn’t missed a game this season, while Horford said in July, “I probably wasn’t where I wanted to be” physically earlier in the season but felt “in a much better place” after being able to rest during the NBA’s hiatus. 

The length of the injury report is not surprising after Brown on Sunday seemed receptive when asked about possibly restricting minutes for key players in the team’s final three seeding games.

“I think it’s true ... where you want an honest sort of medical assessment of anything that equals a potential problem — you just want to avoid (it),” he said. “And landing the plane and entering the playoffs from this vision line of a bubble and time off and tiptoeing on pins and needles where you don’t want people to get injured, and then still find a rhythm, that’s a slippery slope. 

“You mentioned Jo. I think the question extends to people like Al Horford, as an example. Making sure Tobias is in a place where we can manage his minutes going forward and still find that balance of trying to compete and find a rhythm.”

Ben Simmons was the other player on Monday’s report. 

The 24-year-old had successful surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee, the team said, performed by Dr. Chris Dodson from Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. He’ll begin rehabilitation in Philadelphia immediately and will have a post-operative evaluation in approximately two weeks. 

Mike Scott, who missed the Sixers’ first three seeding games with right knee soreness, said he’s feeling well now. He saw time as a small-ball center against the Trail Blazers, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds, and will likely assume a key role on Tuesday.

“Just a little swelling,” he said of his knee. “Had to get it drained, so it was kind of holding me down a little bit, but it feels better now. Got it drained, so feeling a lot better.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: A lot more questions than answers right now

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Sixers Talk podcast: A lot more questions than answers right now

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss the health of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, whether the All-Star duo should stay together and much more.

(0:32) — Embiid suffers an injury and Lillard drops 51.
(9:16) — Don't expect a deep playoff run.
(14:30) — More pressure on Shake Milton or Josh Richardson going forward?
(21:41) — Will Brett Brown get a pass if the Sixers don't succeed?
(34:39) — Here we go with the trading Embiid or Simmons talk again.

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