Kendrick Perkins advises Sixers center Joel Embiid to ‘drop the weight’
Philadelphia Sixers center Joel Embiid is easily one of the best big men in the game. The two-time All-Star is coming off the best season of his young career and is off to a strong start to the postseason.
But could Embiid get even better? Kendrick Perkins thinks so. On Tuesday, the former NBA center joined Undisputed and shared a way he thinks Embiid can take his game to a new level.
“The advice I would give Joel Embiid is the advice people gave to me, but I didn’t listen: ‘Aye, man. Drop the weight; drop the weight,'” Kendrick Perkins said, via the show’s Twitter account: “If Joel were to be 250-270, oh my God. … If he were to drop that weight, it would be over.”
Joel Embiid is officially listed at 7’0″, 250 pounds. But he appears much larger, and in 2017 he told ESPN that his ideal weight is between 275 and 280 pounds. If dropping a little weight would make Embiid even more athletic, then he could be unstoppable.
It could also help keep him on the court. Embiid is no stranger to knee injuries, which could be partially due to his size. He underwent knee surgery early in 2017 and has missed time this postseason due to soreness in the area. He recently revealed that he undergoes six treatments every day just to keep himself on the court.
Even at his current size, Embiid is incredible. In the regular season, the 25-year-old averaged 27.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists — all career highs. His minutes have been somewhat limited early in the postseason, but he is still tallying 21.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.