It’s Awkward in Embiid Land

In Philly, they are talking the “C” word. Chemistry has suddenly reared its head like a bad dream the Sixers can’t escape. Chemistry to a basketball team is like love to a marriage. When you have it, there’s nothing to obsess over. But when you don’t, everything is sideways. NBA chemistry is that one thing…

Joel Embiid and the MVP Chase

The celebrated African proverb if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together should be sandblasted into the Sixers practice facility drywall. It is their truth after years of mediocrity, helplessness and cover your eyes atrocity. But they hung in there, grabbed two elite players in Joel Embiid…

The Process Needs More Process-ing

Brian Windhorst (ESPN) summed it up perfectly when he said that the 76ers are a young team that plays young and the Celtics are a young team that plays old. Translation: The Process doesn’t have its cap and gown with diploma in hand. Still some work to be done. That, in a nutshell, the still…

Embiid, Cousins, or the Field?

In the middle of the 2015-16 season, when the Golden State Warriors were obliterating friend and foe, it was considered smart to say that the NBA, which has always been about size, was shifting towards small ball as Curry wannabes were in their driveway launching up three pointers with regularity and ignoring everything else about…

Embiid Making the Sixers Must See

Eleven months before Joel Embiid’s historic night at Staples Center,  Embiid had a 33 point, 10 rebound performance against Brooklyn. Though no one knew it last December, 18 games into his pro career was just a scratching of the Embiid surface more than it was a watershed moment. Fully healthy, the outgoing, reactive, highly skilled…

Rookie of the Year: Anyone But Embiid

After a long wait, Joel Embiid made his NBA debut on October 26th, a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He didn’t shoot particularly well and can be forgiven for that but he had 7 rebounds, he made a three showing off his range, he went to the line 8 times, he had 2…