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As a Los Angeles Lakers player, Lue won NBA titles in 2000 and 2001 while playing with Hall of Famers and Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, who like Simmons and Embiid didn’t always get along. As a coach, Lue won the 2016 NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James, one of the best to play basketball, was the headliner of that squad. In addition to being the only candidate with a championship pedigree, he knows a thing or two about dealing with all-time greats.
NBA Central: Woj says the chances of the Philadelphia Sixers breaking up Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are ‘fairly remote’ “I think you’ll see them continue to try to build around Simmons and Embiid.” (Via ESPN)
Embiid seemed to squash any concerns Sixers fans may have had about their All-Star pairing, telling the guys at Rights to Ricky Sanchez: “We’ve only played for three years and the potential that we have! I love him and I want to be with him for the rest of my career because I think he still has a lot of potential and we can get so much better than we are by now. I don’t see the point of ever playing with somebody else. That’s someone that we love to be playing with for the rest of my career.”
Joel Embiid: “I’ve always thought that for us to win a championship, when we all play together, we need to help each other. I know what to do to help him. I know when he has the ball in full court, he’s unstoppable. He’s either going to penetrate and get a bucket or he’s going to find guys, so to me, as a basketball player and someone that wants to win, I want to make sure everyone around me is also comfortable, doing their best to help me win a championship. Doing that, the way I can help [Simmons] is, when he’s in that situation, I can space out and give him some space to penetrate and do his thing. And if he doesn’t have anything, just be ready to shoot it.”
“We’ve had conversations, especially when it comes to shooting,” Embiid says. “Ben can help me a lot. I feel like I’ve helped him a lot with his game. People keep saying, ‘Oh, you have to stop spending time on the 3-point line,’ but I do it because Ben is such a good driver, going to basket, that I’ve got to help open that up for him. “I would like if he would do the same for me, to start shooting [3s]. But I also know how uncomfortable he is with it.”
Can Simmons and Embiid make their games mesh well enough to win an NBA championship? It’s one question that will be unavoidable, at least until they win a title. “They are both incredibly intelligent, and I’m always betting on guys that are smart enough to figure things out. And they will,” Redick said.
Redick seemed to question the fit of some of the supporting pieces around the two stars, though. “The numbers kinda say that, when they’re on the court together, they do pretty good: 2018, pretty good (for reference: +15.5 net rating); 2019, pretty good (+7.9 net rating); 2020, still pretty good, but not as good (+0.9 net rating), right?” Redick said. “I don’t think they’re changing, so maybe the people around them are changing. That, to me, just goes back to the right fit and the right pieces. “I think that they (Embiid and Simmons) can fit together, for sure,” Redick concluded.
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown admittedly has no idea when All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will return from their respective injuries. Brown expressed more clairvoyance, however, on how their NBA careers will turn out. “I personally am convinced those two are going to win a championship at some point in their career and that they, for sure, can coexist,” Brown said following practice Monday at UCLA. “The myth is that they can’t. I think that is so abused and not articulated the way I see it.”
Today’s team is built around two superstars, Embiid and Ben Simmons, who happen to fit together poorly. “They have no blow ups, they never curse each other out, as far as I can tell. They just weren’t friends,” says Weitzman. “The on court thing is definitely a problem. That informs a lot. When’s the last time two superstars on a team who were such bad on court fits? They’re human, that has to grate. Ben has to be looking at Giannis [Antetokounmpo, another athletic, ball-handling multi-talent who can’t shoot well] and thinking I could do that. Four shooters and me …”
Kyle Neubeck: Embiid was asked about free throws at the podium and he took a moment to praise teammate Ben Simmons, who he says has shown tremendous work ethic by being so good at the free throw line recently
Joel Embiid has heard all of the chatter about the awkward fit between he and fellow Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons on the court, and whether the two of them are capable of winning at the highest levels playing together — noises that have only grown louder as the Sixers entered the All-Star Break in fifth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. He has a message for the doubters: just wait. “I think it’s BS,” Embiid said here Saturday morning before All-Star practice, “because when you look at the last couple years, the last two years that we’ve been playing together, it’s not a problem. This year it’s only been a problem because our offense has struggled.”
Joel Embiid: “It’s definitely going to be better after the All-Star break. I mean, just look at the last two years, what we’ve been able to do. I think it can work, and it’s going to work.”
“It takes time,” Simmons said. “Not everything is perfect. Not everything works right away. I love playing with Joel. I think he’s an amazing talent, a guy I respect for his game, and I know he feels the same way about me. We continue to go the right way. There’s so many different things that we haven’t tried. We’ve got a lot of talent. It’s scary how good we can be.”
Keith Pompey: #Sixers Joel Embiid on people saying he and Ben Simmons can’t co-exist: “I think is B.S.”.
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The NBA is discussing expanding the number of institutional investors that can take equity stakes in its teams, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. Talks among owners to establish a plan allowing for additional private equity investors are in the early stages, the two executives told Sportico, asking not to be named because the matter is still under consideration and may not be approved.
The league previously green-lighted Dyal Homecourt as an investment fund that can acquire minority equity stakes in teams. Two weeks ago, Sportico reported that Arctos Partners is seeking permission to be the second approved fund. The current exploration is whether to expand the institutional investor pool beyond those two companies.
As part of the discussions, NBA owners are also mulling whether to relax a prohibition on fund ownership of entities that hold more than one sports team. That is, in a case where a parent entity owns an NBA squad and another sports team, approved funds could own a piece of the parent. League rules now specify private equity can only be a limited partner in an NBA team.
Alykhan Bijani: #Rockets Injury/Status Report John Wall (Out – Left Knee Soreness) Sterling Brown (Questionable – Right Lower Leg Soreness) Danuel House Jr. (NWT – Self Isolating) Chris Clemons (NWT – Right Achilles Surgery) Danté Exum (Out – Right Calf Strain)
Harrison Wind: Source: Greg Whittington banged knees with a teammate at training camp and since then hasn’t been able to get the swelling and pain to subside. At 6-foot-8 Denver could really use his size/defense on the wing. There’s optimism after today’s procedure that he can get back to 100%.
Casey Holdahl: CJ McCollum notes his aunt has COVID-19 during his first press conference since breaking his left foot. And it brings up something I’ve been struggling with, which is that’s it’s difficult to talk about sports injuries right now without feeling kind of… foolish I guess?
Paul Rosenberg: Stephen A reveals on First Take that NBA reporter Sekou Smith is suffering from covid & he is hearing that “he’s not doing so well”. Obviously first I have heard of it. Have had Sekou on a few times to chat NBA on WFAN. Hopefully he has a full recovery.