76ers stars speak to the media for the first time this season
Earlier today, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris sat down to speak to the media for the first time this season as training camp continues. The group discussed several topics but on and off the court the expectations have been set high.
One major point discussed was how the Sixers stars need to hold themselves to a higher standard. Ben Simmons had also mentioned that he nor Embiid were held accountable in the bubble. But since then, the new coaching staff has seemed to make an impact on the two.
Doc Rivers was praised highly by several players this week. Joel and Ben have sat down with their new head coach on multiple occasions to discuss responsibilities moving forward. The entire team has mentioned how they are very eager to play under Rivers. Ben also discussed that Doc has opened up new ideas for him on offense.
One of the more intriguing things discussed has been Embiid and Simmons being used more in the pick & roll. Simmons hasn’t had many opportunities in the pick & roll but it seems like that’s about to change. He also expressed a desire to attack the rim more and get to the line.
Tobias Harris also spoke about his upcoming role this season and mentioned how he is excited to play again with Coach Rivers. Tobi said he will be moving back to the 4 this season and is confident in his skill set compared to other power forwards. The high praise for Doc continued as Tobias expressed once again how Doc will push them and hold this team accountable to what they should be.
Joel Embiid once again expressed his determination to win a championship in Philadelphia and how he wants it by any means necessary. Another big moment was talking about how he and Ben have continued to grow their relationship on and off the court this summer. Joel mentioned how the two want to workout and play together whenever they have a chance. Ben joked earlier about their growing relationship and jokingly said how they were going to be moving in together.
As a group, they praised the additions of shooting and spacing to the roster and were all in favor of the moves this offseason. Ben Simmons talked about how he worked out with fellow Klutch client Tyrese Maxey and is excited to have him in Philadelphia.
As training camp continues be sure to stay tuned to The Liberty Line for all of your 76ers updates.