Joel Embiid knows how to grab a headline.
Embiid has embraced the troll lifestyle, which was put on full display in a recent interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. The 23-year-old has high hopes for Philly this season, and he doesn’t appear to be afraid of the defending NBA champions.
“(The Golden State Warriors) will be ready to go seven games with the Sixers in June,” Embiid told Shelburne.
Not all of Embiid’s sentiment is off-base. There’s a very strong chance the Warriors will be playing in June for a fourth straight year, but it’s tough to imagine the 76ers reaching the Finals, who currently sit at 13-13. While there’s no clear-cut powerhouse in the Eastern Conference, it’s hard to imagine the East not being claimed by either the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers.
A deep 76ers playoff run might be a stretch of the imagination now, but the team is trending in the right direction of being a perennial contender. With a core of Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, the Sixers could be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
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