Joel Embiid ‘happy’ Philadelphia 76ers move on from Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA Joel EmbiidWhen asked if it was a relief that the Ben Simmons Saga was officially over for him, he said that he's happy to be done answering any questions about “that topic”. Philadelphia 76ersAfter Thursday's blockbuster deal that brought forth James HardenWelcome to the City of Brotherly Love.

After finishing with 25 points, 19 rebounds and 35 minutes of play in a win over the 100-87, Embiid stated that he was happy to not answer any further questions. Oklahoma City ThunderFriday night at Wells Fargo Center It's good for me and my teammates as well as the entire organization. The entire year was very frustrating. However, everyone is now moving on.

“I wish everyone all the best in whatever endeavors they pursue, but I'm determined to win games here and try to win a title.”

After months of drama surrounding Simmons' wish to be traded away by the 76ers, Thursday’s deal with the Nets – one that saw Harden, and finally Simmons – will see him finally pursuing a championship. Paul MillsapIn exchange for Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre DrummondA pair of picks in the first round.

Embiid was careful not to mention Simmons' name. However, it was obvious there were some things that were troubling the big man. He said that it was “sucking to lose some of our teammates,” and praised Curry and Drummond's contributions to the franchise.

When asked if he had spoken to Simmons or if they were moving on, he referred to a report from training camp in which Simmons stated that he wanted his own team and that he no longer believed the partnership with Embiid could be successful after last season's defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles. Atlanta HawksThe Eastern Conference semifinals.

Embiid declared, “I honestly don’t know what to do. “It was unfortunate, as I have always said, that all happened. But if you look at our history, you can see how dominant we were on the court during the regular season.

“It's unfortunate that winning wasn’t the main factor. He was more concerned with being the star and having his own team. It is unfortunate. However, I believed that everything was great and that the fit was fantastic. Unfortunately, Ben believed it was not. But, we all move on.”

Simmons was given one last shot by Embiid. was a tweet ThursdayIn the wake of the trading of a meme on the internet of a man wearing a suit to the funeral of one his “haters,”

When asked how long he had the tweet ready to go in preparation for a deal, Embiid (who has the nickname “Troel”) couldn't keep a straight smile as he attempted to play off the question.

“Honestly, it's not clear what the tweet was about,” Embiid stated with a knowing smile. “I just tweeted an random person. The image was taken by me and I thought it was very well-dressed. He was dressed in a nice suit, which was very well-done.

“So, I thought it was a great picture.”

Embiid hopes that Harden and Embiid can create a picture-perfect team on the basketball court. Embiid claimed that they have spoken before and that Harden — who Embiid has stated several times that he is excited about the possibility of playing with him — thinks Harden to be the best player he's ever seen.

“It wasn't a lot of excitement,” said Embiid. After Tuesday's loss, he woke up with his right hand/wrist swollen. Phoenix Suns. “Just excited. Talk about the guys I've played alongside, he's probably going to be my favorite player yet, based off what he accomplished in his career thus far.

It's about getting everyone on the same page, and finding the best way to play. We have a system so we just need to bring him along.

Embiid said that he is looking forward to having someone else on the court who can focus as much on him as he does with his teammates.

Embiid explained that he thinks the best way to view it is that each time I touch a ball there's a double- or triple team which will make his teammates and him even more valuable. You have a choice. Is it going to double me, or will you double him? You have to make that decision, and it may change depending on the outcome of every game.

“Other teams may want to take me out or take him out. We adjust, and then we go from there. It's thrilling, as I mentioned. I've never played with someone like that before. So, I'm excited to take on the new challenge and push myself to succeed.

Philadelphia is not in a hurry to resolve matters. The 76ers (33-22) still have 27 games, while Harden has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia. Cleveland Cavaliers.

Doc Rivers, 76ers coach, said that Harden's arrival had deservedly raised Philadelphia expectations of a championship — expectations that he and his team are eager to embrace.

Rivers stated, “No one can place more pressure on me than I can,” It will never happen. I am in this to win. I've always been determined to win. Once you are committed to that, you will feel the pressure. It should. There wouldn't be any champions if there was. This deal was made so we can get in on the action.

“I think [we are good enough],” Rivers continued. “I don't know. That's something that we'll discover. It was done with the conviction that we believe in.

“We don’t have much time. They've been together Milwaukee for three, four years as a team, the Phoenix's of Miami and Miami. It's important to move quickly.

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