What Joel Embiid can learn from Michael Jordan and ‘The Last Dance,’ per Larry Brown
“When I see Joel, I don’t think anybody is better than him” the Hall of Fame coach said on the Sixers Talk podcast, via NBC Sports. “He might get mad at me today, but he needs to get on the block, and he needs to block every shot and dominate on the post because he’ll open it up for everybody else. And I don’t think there’s a better big man in the game than him.
“My hope for him is that he would think about Kobe and Michael and watch ‘The Last Dance” and realize the gift that he has, and just spend all his time working on that craft because there’s nobody that can be any more dominant than him.”
Joel Embiid currently leads the league in post-up frequency.
The All-Star center, who has been scrutinized for his conditioning in the past, posted an image on Instagram Saturday showing him lying on the court at the Sixers’ practice facility after a “quarantine session.”
Brown also praised Simmons’ game despite his lack of perimeter shooting.
“He can guard, he rebounds the ball, he passes the ball as well as anybody. He’s completely unselfish,” he pointed out.
Still, Brown expressed reservations about the Simmons-Embiid pairing, saying he doesn’t know “if that team fits.” While he noted that the Sixers have talent, their fit remains questionable.
Among his many stops, Brown coached the Sixers from 1997-2003, helping lead Philly to their last NBA Finals appearance in 2000-01.