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Among the candidates to replace Erving are former Sixers star Allen Iverson (O’Neil didn’t respond to a question about Iverson being a possibility) and young big men Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. The Intelligencer

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Embiid's work ethic has been questioned by some inside the organization. The whispers ended after the center started doing on-court drills in March. However, a blow-up with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis was one of the reasons Embiid was sent home during a West Coast road trip in December. After he underwent surgery for a fractured right foot in June, Embiid missed his entire rookie season while rehabilitating his leg. Philadelphia Inquirer

An altercation with Davis during the West Coast trip, coupled with Brown's wanting him to be in "more of a structured, stable environment," prompted the Sixers to send him home, the sources said. "If you can't coach your best players, I call it buying time and dying," Brown said. "You have nothing. . . . "I tell my guys, you want me to coach you. You want to show up on time. You want to do the right thing. You want to act the right way." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Coach Brett Brown said he "personally" would be disappointed if Joel Embiid didn't play summer-league basketball. "Personally, I expect him to play in the summer league," Brown said. "But if I guessed any of this wrong, I want to make sure that the club is on record not being definitive. We are not in the position to say that now." Philadelphia Inquirer

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