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Doc Rivers is reportedly in agreement to become the newest coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and the future of Joel Embiid is now in question. Not that the signing itself raised questions, but the timing of Embiid’s tweets, did.
Judge for yourself.
So Far Gone!!!— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2020
“Take my verses too serious you’ll hate me”— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2020
These lyrics (for the older crowd out here) are from Drake’s song “So Far Gone” and many are taking this as a sign. Drake’s chorus for this song sings “I just wanna be successful” 3x over, but should we read into this? His middle name is sounding out troll if we’re reading that correctly, so maybe not.
Athlete’s today have become more calculated and in control of their careers than ever before, so it’s likely this means SOMETHING. Signing Doc Rivers is seen as a win by the Philly front office and focus should be on basketball. He instead uses the signing to throw gasoline on the fire for breaking up the Simmons-Embiid duo.
Most basketball analysts, like ESPN’s Tim Legler, have already criticized Joel’s lack of improvement and tensions are beginning to rise. Rumors that the Sixers big man was unhappy are well documented as he tweeted about Jimmy Butler during the conference finals.
IF……— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) September 1, 2020
Jimmy Butler #TooGood— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) September 1, 2020
Possible that Joel Embiid is unhappy the team decided to move on from Butler and wanted Ben Simmons shipped out instead. No telling how he really feels, but the Philadelphia front office will answer these questions this offseason.
Either way, Simmons inability to shoot alongside Embiid’s back to the basket offense grinds like two logs. Philly, fix it.