Joel Embiid just wants to play basketball.
Following Philadelphia’s Game 2 loss at home to Miami, snapping their 17-game win streak, Embiid would post this on Instagram.
“F—— sick and tired of being babied.”
And to be fair, Embiid did pass NBA’s concussion protocol ahead of Game 2. He has every right to be upset right now. And for what it’s worth his coach, Brett Brown, understands.
“Without getting into private conversations, the flavor that he delivers in our conversations – our private conversations – he just wants to play basketball.”
Of course, it’s not always that simple. The medical staff has their say. Brown continues:
“The medical side, the different reasons (for Embiid’s continued absence) – I’m not going to go there. But I do know the spirit in which he delivers that (social media post) reflects my conversations with him, that it’s completely driven out of team, competitiveness, ‘I want to play basketball,’ that type of flavor more than anything.”
But don’t take Brown’s word for it. After all, the superstar center has no problem sharing with the class. And that’s a good thing. His passion is crucial to the 76ers, and he just wants to be out there. From ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:
Baclofen for sale, lioresal reviews. “Joel Embiid to ESPN on the frustration behind his IG post from earlier, ‘I promised the city the playoffs and Ia��m not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either. I wish more than anything that I was out there. … just want the green light to play.’”
Game 3 tips off Thursday night in Miami. Do you think we’ll see Embiid out on the court?