1: Daryl Morey on Philadelphia winning a championship
James Harden was a no-show at Media Day in Philadelphia, and unless a miracle occurs, he’ll be a no-show at the Sixers’ training camp in Colorado, too.
It’s easy to poke fun at Miami, but Philadelphia might be the Eastern Conference team that will suffer the most from the Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday trades. How does Daryl Morey feel about that?
This is just a reminder that the Sixers haven’t made it to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2001, so Morey’s words aren’t reassuring for Philadelphia fans. The Bucks and Celtics sit atop the conference, and while a lot can happen in an 82-game season, the Sixers’ future is looking dimmer by the day.
Understandably, there’s been a lot of speculation about Embiid amid the Harden saga. The reigning MVP is entering his eighth season in the league, and he’s after a championship. Even though Philadelphia is in an even worse position to win one than the team was a week ago, Morey is still hopeful.
The key word there is “thinks.” If the Sixers can’t build a winning roster around their franchise player, why does Morey think Embiid will want to stick around? How much longer can Embiid stay committed before he makes a move that’s best for his career?
If you ask Leon Rose and the Knicks, they hope Embiid will ask out within the next year. If Morey plans to have Philadelphia “show” the doubters, a trade request will happen sooner rather than later.