Sixers coach Brett Brown convinced Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons will win NBA championship
Per Mark Medina of USA Today, the 59-year-old tactician boldly shared his belief that the promising duo will one day hold the Larry O’Brien trophy together.
“I personally am convinced those two are going to win a championship at some point in their career and that they, for sure, can coexist. The myth is that they can’t. I think that is so abused and not articulated the way I see it,” Brown said after the Sixers’ practice at UCLA on Monday.
The team is currently in California as they prepare to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Tuesday.
As of the moment, both Embiid and Simmons are out of the Sixers lineup due to injuries. The seven-foot Cameroonian is expected to be out a week due to shoulder issues. On the other hand, Simmons’ injury setback is a major cause of concern for Philly, as he is listed to be out indefinitely due to a lingering back problem.
Without the pair of All-Stars, the Sixers bowed down to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, 136-130.
Primed to be contenders to emerge out of the East this season, the Sixers have floundered to the middle of the pack in the standings. They dropped to sixth place in the division with a 37-24 slate, getting overtaken by the red-hot Indiana Pacers who have won their last four games.
Talent-wise, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are indeed a match made in heaven. However, they have yet to prove themselves when it matters the most, particularly in the postseason. For Brett Brown’s vision to come to fruition, they must first find a way to stay healthy the rest of the way.