The Philadelphia 76ers have big plans heading into the 2019-20 season as they believe they have a team that cans seriously contend for a championship in the league. With the talented roster they have put together, it’s easy to see why.
As the team came together for their Blue X White scrimmage from the 76ers Fieldhouse in Delaware, general manager Elton Brand discussed what it will take for the Sixers to get to the top in the Eastern Conference. Not surprisingly, it all comes down to the healthy of superstar Joel Embiid who was hobbled in the 2019 playoffs with a knee injury and that’s where “load management” comes in.
“It will be thoughtful, strategic, aligned with Joel, it’s a partnership,” said Brand on Saturday. “We talk to him, we talk to each player daily to make sure we’re on the same page, but he knows that I feel like we’re a championship-caliber team and for us to reach that goal, it has to start with Joel in the postseason being the best Joel possible so we’re on the same page.”
The Sixers know how close they were in 2019 after “the shot” and it will be up to him to get the team to the next level.
“The setback last year, losing Game 7 of the semifinals really hurt and he understood that,” Brand continued. “He understood like ‘Look, I need to be the best in May and June that I can be’ so I think that hiccup helped us a lot. He understands that.”
Does that mean sitting out all back-to-backs? Maybe, but it will be a conversation that will involve Embiid, Brand, and coach Brett Brown as the season wears on.
When the season gets underway on October 23, it will give everybody a bit more clarity on the plan as the season wears on.
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