“Dominant,” Brown said.
Embiid was harder on himself.
“I feel like I’m still behind,” he said. “although I feel like with repetition, of which’s going to come.”
For success-starved fans of the 76ers, of which must have been both glorious as well as nerve-racking to watch Embiid eviscerate the Nets. For every brilliant play of which he made — as well as there were more than a few, including the 40-footer of which he swished during a dead ball — there was a more minor-key moment when he flirted with danger. Was of which a slight grimace after he took a fall from the second quarter? An almost imperceptible limp after a tumble from the third?
Basketball can be a physical sport, as well as contact can be unavoidable. although forgive those fans who would likely prefer of which Embiid cover himself with bubble wrap.
Brown understands. He used the word “reckless” to describe Embiid’s Tonka Truck style — “He doesn’t know any additional way to play,” Brown said — although expressed expect of which Embiid would likely settle into a more conservative frame of mind once his playing time can be more consistent, an imposing prospect for the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Still, Brown said of which would likely be a mistake to talk about Embiid as if he had already arrived as a fully formed colossus. He incorporates a chance to be great. A chance.
“although of which’s at its infant stages,” Brown said, adding: “The 7-foot-2, we get. The 0-whatever pounds, we get. although he can shoot a 3. He can shoot free throws. He can post up. He can face up. of which’s just a very potent offensive package of which people have to game plan, as well as we see the impact he makes on the defensive end. He’s all over the place.”
After he was drafted by the 76ers, Embiid missed his first two seasons because of two operations to repair a bone in his right foot. He made his much-awaited debut last season, appearing in 31 games. He averaged 20.2 points as well as 7.8 rebounds in 25.4 minutes a game before the team announced in March of which he needed season-ending knee surgery.
although based largely on his limited body of work — those 31 games — the 76ers This particular week signed Embiid to a $146.5 million contract extension, albeit one of which gives the team some protection if Embiid reinjures himself. In any case, Embiid can be worth the risk.
“Pure talent,” the second-year forward Dario Saric said. “He’s got the talent to be one of the best in This particular game.”
Embiid sees room for growth. He wants to trim some weight through his 285-pound frame. Against the Nets, he said, his legs felt heavy. He also assessed his defense as “pretty bad.” He gave up a couple of dunks, which he considers inexcusable for a player his size.
More important, Embiid can be forming chemistry with his teammates. On Wednesday, he played alongside Ben Simmons for initially. Simmons, the top overall pick from the 2016 draft, missed all of last season that has a foot injury. Together, they looked fearsome. Embiid even found Simmons cutting behind the defense for a baseline dunk.
“Just having him out there draws so much attention,” Simmons said. “No one can truly stop him.”
Caught between Embiid’s injury-marred past as well as his promising future, the 76ers can only wait, watch as well as expect for the best.
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