Despite another strong regular season campaign that led to serious MVP clamor, the trophy is not finding its way to a Philadelphia 76er. Joel Embiid once again ends up a runner-up for the Maurice Podoloff award.
The Sixers star was asked about the news becoming official on Tuesday after their Game 5 loss to the Miami Heat. Embiid sounded like someone who had already accepted his fate.
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“This is something I knew weeks ago, even probably two weeks before the season ended, after those games against Denver and Milwaukee… I just knew it wasn’t going to happen,” admitted the Sixers star.
“Obviously, congrats to Nikola, he deserved it, he had an amazing season. There’s no right or wrong, there was a lot of candidates. It could have gone either way. Giannis, Devin Booker being on the best team in the league by far, so I guess every year it’s all about whatever you guys decide, whatever fits the narrative as far as who’s going to win,” Embiid continued.
The award obviously would’ve meant a lot to Joel Embiid. While Nikola Jokic put forth a Herculean effort to carry his depleted Denver Nuggets to the postseason, Embiid did virtually the same thing for Philadelphia. But with his Sixers on the brink of elimination, he’s clearly got bigger fish to fry.