But that doesn’t mean this whole rigmarole with Irving sits well in JamesWorld. You don’t chase Michael Jordan’s ghost with fresh new faces; you need grunts like the guy who went all over France looking for Private Ryan. Irving had earned his stripes and LeBron James was expecting a grand pursuit of Paul George or Jimmy Butler this summer to close the gap with the Golden State Warriors, not losing one of his best teammates and having to scramble.
September 27, 2021 | 12:09 pm EDT Update
Noah Levick: Joel Embiid on Ben Simmons: “If I didn’t love playing with Ben Simmons, I’m honest, I would say it.” Embiid says it’s time for the Sixers to take the next step and emphasizes he’s disappointed with the current situation (Simmons not being here).
Derek Bodner: Embiid says he’s disappointed that Simmons situation has deteriorated. “I really hope he changes his mind..I do love playing with him because he adds so much to our team. We’ve been building this team around us. I don’t see it as ‘This is my team’. I don’t care about any of that”
Tom Moore: #Sixers star center Joel Embiid on his personal relationship with Ben Simmons: ‘I think last year we were closer than before.’
Josh Lewenberg: Pascal Siakam: “For me, I really don’t like the word(s) ‘The Guy’. I don’t even like using that. I want to be the guy that wins. I wanna win. That’s all I care about… Whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I wanna do.”
Josh Lewenberg: Goran Dragic says he’s been in Toronto for a couple weeks, getting to know the city and his new teammates. He’s looking forward to being a mentor to the younger guys, wants to do for them what Steve Nash did for him in Phoenix. pic.twitter.com/nZQoLz7uX6