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Sixers’ Joel Embiid is just trying to have fun again

Joel Embiid, Sixers

It was another disappointing evening for the Philadelphia 76ers, as they suffered a 112-101 defeat against the league-best Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. The Sixers dropped to 9-19 on the road, continuing their season-long road woes. 

For his part, Sixers superstar big man Joel Embiid struggled against Giannis Antetokounmpo and company. Embiid did finish with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double with six assists, a block, and three 3-pointers, but he went just 6-of-26 from the field and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.

Embiid recently opened up about the challenging season he has had so far with the Sixers, saying he thinks it’s time for a bit of a fresh perspective:

“I’m trying to get back to the fun Joel,” he said, via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Smile a little more. The whole season, I kind of told myself I was going to be serious. I felt like everybody just looked at it in a way that I’m moody or I do not care. I do.

“I want to win. But at the same time, I try to have a different attitude. Obviously, it hasn’t been working. So I have to go back to that fun Joel.”

Embiid has been known to be one of the funniest and most fun-loving dudes in the entire league. As the Sixers big man explained above, he has tried to take on a more serious attitude thus far — something that appears to have been counterproductive.

It’s not as if Embiid is going to take his eye off the ball and just play the game without a care in the world. The 25-year-old Sixers center will certainly remained locked in, but should imbibe a more lighthearted approach moving forward.