Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid broke through and captured his first NBA MVP after the 2022-23 season came to a close, but still missed out on the elusive first championship.
Embiid’s desire to win a championship is what he seems to be focused on moving forward, and the recent comments he made surprised 76ers fans. Embiid was at the Los Angeles Nonstop Film Festival with Maverick Carter when he was asked what fans could expect from him.
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«I just want to win a championship. Whatever it takes,» he said. «I don’t know where that’s going to be, if it’s going to be in Philly or anywhere else. I just want to have a chance to do it. I want to see what it feels like to win the first one, and then you can think about the next one.
«It’s not easy, but it takes more than one, two, three guys. You have to have good people around you. Every day, I work hard to be at that level to be able to produce and make it happen. Every day, I’m working towards that goal. That’s where my mindset has always been.»
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He described the MVP award as an «added bonus», but the focus remains on the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
As the comments made their way across social media, Embiid seemed to suggest he was joking when he brought up the «everywhere else» comment.
He averaged 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game during his MVP season. He has been an All-Star in six of the past seven seasons.
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Philly hasn’t reached the NBA Finals since 2001.