Sixers’ Joel Embiid reveals key takeaways from hiatus, ‘The Last Dance’
The NBA is finalizing a return-to-play plan that will feature 22 of the league’s 30 teams heading to Orlando for an eight-game conclusion the regular season followed by a slightly modified playoff format.
But, what has the time off meant for Embiid?
Like many other NBA players, Joel Embiid has tried his hand at some video games, though he said he is not very good at them (via Paul Hudrick of NBC Sports Philadelphia):
“I’ve discovered that I’m not that good at video games,” Embiid said to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Marc Zumoff.
Despite his lack of proficiency on the sticks, however, Embiid did find solace in something else.
The 26-year-old said he watched ESPN’s “The Last Dance” docuseries about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Embiid was clearly inspired by the series, and he feels he can propel his teammates to new heights, as Jordan did (via Hudrick):
“I did watch it. It was interesting,” Embiid said. “I saw a lot of similarities and a lot of people have told me that. … I can also be that guy, I just need to keep putting in the work and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Embiid has long been regarded as one of the best bigs in the league. He was having another successful season prior to the suspension of play, averaging 23.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Can Embiid channel his inner-Jordan? The Sixers will hope so as they prepare to embark on their playoff journey.