Embiid, Simmons Reflect On Season Of Growth With Disappointing End

Aubrey Yates
May 11, 2018

"They had no choice in the matter", said Jeff Freedman with a chuckle Thursday. The former Kansas big man faced up Celtics center Aron Baynes, drove to the paint and couldn't finish a layup or secure the ensuing offensive rebound, as Boston point guard Terry Rozier snuck in to swipe at the ball, which went out of bounds off of Embiid with just more than 10 seconds on the game clock. The duo helped Philly finish the regular season 52-30, capturing the No. 3 seed, before the 76ers disposed of Miami, 4-1, in the first round.

Until Game 1, when the Celtics ran the Sixers off the floor. Wilkerson, born in the Germantown neighborhood and now living in the Logan neighborhood, became a Sixers fan when Charles Barkley played for the Sixers in the mid-1980s. There are serious questions ahead about who will team with Embiid and Simmons to form a championship core - and plenty of room to grow for both franchise stars.

Said Embiid: "They're a really good team, and for the next decade, we're going to have a lot of fun battles". But you know, adding new free agents can definitely help and there's a lot of them out there that we can add that are going to help the team.

The team's season of injuries and improbable wins has seemingly primed them to expect the unexpected. Boston was 6-for-20 in the third, with six turnovers, watching a nine-point lead wither to one.

However, hopefully these revised decisions prompt some kind of change within the NBA's officiating going forward, as the Sixers aren't the only team in the league that has been screwed this season by poor reffing. Only four players on each side remain from that series.

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When asked how the team is going to contain the three-time National Basketball Association champion, Aron Baynes said the game plan will be focused on the team's defense.

"It's pretty good, really". And after 11 seasons, Redick would sign a lucrative one-year deal.

Redick had a career year in Philly, putting up career-high point totals (17.1 per game) and assists (three per game). Shooter J.J. Redick sure sounds like he's back although not at $23 million a year.

The Sixers are flush with cash to go on a spending spree. "We're just trying to make the right play". And I know they know that, too. One Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in OH urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer. While he can make some spectacular passes and drive to the hoop with some of the best in the league, his lack of a jumper was a glaring hole for the Sixers offense against the Celtics. It is clear they have some steps to take, but the process has brought them into the second round of the playoffs in their first playoff trip.

LeBron James is at the top of the short list of a lot of Sixers fans, and he's buds with Ben Simmons. It's insane how you can get a jersey.

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