There were no lack of storylines coming from the Philadelphia 76ers media day on Monday.
But beyond those two key areas that are highly important, both Simmons and Embiid emphasized team goals before anything else.
Looking back before moving forward
Despite a new season on the horizon, it’s hard not to look back on how the previous one ended.
If Kawhi Leonard misses the last shot in game 7, maybe the Sixers are thinking about defending their title instead of trying to take it from another team.
But due to some unfortunate bounces and an unhealthy Embiid, it didn’t happen.
It’s seems like that painful experience and realizing how close they were to winning has stuck with certain members of the team.
Partying down Broad Street
When asked about his individual goals for the season, Simmons had visons of hanging a banner before anything else.
“A championship. Every other individual accolade comes along with doing your job,” Simmons said via Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice. “You can’t go out and say you want to win certain things unless it’s going to help your team win.”
Just like every team with championship aspirations, staying healthy is vital so the team can get time on the court together before the playoffs.
Unlike last season, this year’s Sixers team will have the entire year together to build chemistry barring injuries.
Just like Simmons, Embiid’s thinking about playing into June.
“We’ve got a championship-caliber team, we have a chance to win it, so it’s all about building that team chemistry and making sure everybody stays on the same page and I think we’re going to be fine,” Embiid said.
They must first figure out everyone’s role and how to play together before a championship is within their grasp.
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