Bu Jerry Wein
Even after getting bounced the second round of the playoffs by the Heat, Sixers center Joel Embiid was the philosopher king:
“Since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden,” Embiid said.
“But that’s not who he is anymore. He’s more of a playmaker. I thought, at times, he could have been, as all of us could have been, more aggressive. All of us whether it was Tyrese [Maxey] or Tobias [Harris] or guys coming off the bench.
“And I’m not just talking about offensively. I’m talking about you know, as a whole offensively and defensively. I didn’t think we were good defensively as a team. They took advantage of a lot of stuff that we tried to do defensively. And then offensively just really everybody being on the same page, obviously, only having probably what, three or four months to all work together and try to figure it out. Maybe it wasn’t a lot of time. … I don’t think we played our best basketball.”
“Since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden. But that’s not who he is anymore. He’s more of a player maker.”
Joel Embiid talking about the current version of Harden ? pic.twitter.com/3lLHRq5YXY
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 13, 2022