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Joel Embiid on facing Nikola Jokic in the Olympics: I don't care about Jokic, I care about the national team

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Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Adem Bona was a great pick for Philly. Basically going to play 20 minutes every time Embiid has to miss games. – 7:57 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New on @SportsCenter: After Philadelphia pulled off its year-long pursuit of a star by landing Paul George in free agency, I sat down with Joel Embiid to talk about the NBA’s newest Big 3, and how Embiid wasn’t always sure things would work out this way over the last year: pic.twitter.com/4PPc2khjPD7:40 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Asked if he’s looking forward to facing Nikola Jokic in the Olympics, Joel Embiid said, “I don’t care about Jokic. I care about the national team.” Embiid is focused on Team USA. pic.twitter.com/2aM933H0YD6:28 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Joel Embiid on his health: “I feel pretty good. I just have to ramp up slowly.” pic.twitter.com/YVv6hS3oH46:25 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Steve Kerr also swapped Bam Adebayo for Joel Embiid to play with Steph, ANT, Tatum and LeBron. pic.twitter.com/7jP1Ez9VRJ5:05 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
New Team USA group: Steph Curry, Anthony Edwards, Jayson Tatum, LeBron James and Joel Embiid. Embiid facilitates a bit and also knocks down a 3 pic.twitter.com/DbU2kNDisf5:01 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Brandin Podziemski was on the ground for a bit after Joel Embiid accidentally threw an elbow. My @Sportskeeda piece earlier on Podz bit.ly/3XVQWky pic.twitter.com/oWngzYlmJx4:58 PM

Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Brandin Podziemski just went down during the USA Select Team’s scrimmage with Team USA after catching an elbow in the face from Joel Embiid pic.twitter.com/fndlAbr6kT4:54 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
How do you feel about Joel Embiid playing for team USA? – 3:59 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Comparisons to the Dream Team have peppered USA Basketball’s training camp week in Vegas.
One reason: Joel Embiid is finally here, and about to realize his Olympic dream.
“Thankfully, he chose us,” Anthony Davis said.
inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…1:36 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: While the 76ers pulled off their year-long plan to land a star by getting Paul George, Joel Embiid told ESPN he wasn’t always sure it’d work out.
“I’d be lying to say that patience wasn’t tested.”
Embiid on Philly’s new Big 3 and more:
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…12:02 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
The Hoop Collective with @WindhorstESPN and (sweating in Vegas) @TimBontemps: Joel Embiid reacts to PG signing, Kawhi Leonard doesn’t, Steph on Klay, LeBron on relationships, DeMar to SAC, Spurs summer youtu.be/vNsFiz_ef40?si…10:21 AM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Saw a lot of bad takes on Embiid playing for Team USA over the weekend, Captain America ™ has some thoughts pic.twitter.com/BsdnYATtUW10:09 AM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Saric can really pass. These are all from last week’s Olympic qualifying round. Croatia used Saric a lot like the Nuggets use Jokic and he made some familiar passes. pic.twitter.com/JpJh4892QD9:50 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Dejounte Murray stats via @johnschuhmann:
Murray, Jokic, Doncic only #NBA players to average 20-5-6 each of last 3 seasons
Murray, Booker, Durant, Embiid only players 45%+ on 250+ mid-range shots each of last 2 seasons
Murray among 8 players with 100+ clutch pts last 2 seasons – 8:07 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Dario Saric can play backup center but also next to Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon. He’s got versatility and some offensive juice, which Denver hasn’t had at that spot since a few months of DeMarcus Cousins years ago. Expect Saric to be the first big man off the Nuggets’ bench. – 10:01 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Hypothetical Nuggets Playoff Rotation:
Murray
Braun
Porter
Gordon
Jokic
Westbrook, Watson, Saric off the bench. Strawther in niche minutes.
Can that team win a title? – 7:56 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
The Denver Nuggets have a leader from Serbia (Jokic), they signed a Croatian forward (Saric), and they’re in talks to re-sign a Slovenian forward (Cancar). It’s official: The Denver Nuggets are an all-Balkan team. #MileHighBasketball7:18 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Can confirm the Denver Nuggets are signing forward Dario Saric to a two year deal. The Nuggets envision Saric adding versatile depth to the frontcourt behind Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon. His perimeter skillset was a big draw here. @wojespn first – 7:01 PM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
Dario Saric will be uniting with Nikola Jokic on the Denver Nuggets 👀 pic.twitter.com/M7Pygf5EJF6:45 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I think this is the year that Jokic, Murray, and Porter all average in between 20 and 25 points per game.
It’s time for Porter’s shot volume to go up, especially in the non-Jokic minutes. His usage rate in those minutes was 21.9. Reggie Jackson’s was 27.6.
Get buckets. – 1:01 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Not many believe these days that a draft pick is going to be with them for a decade
With that being said
The only players drafted in 2014 still with their original team:
– Joel Embiid
– Nikola Jokic pic.twitter.com/WhpVmS4IEU8:41 PM

More on this storyline

“I’d be lying to say that patience wasn’t tested,” Embiid told ESPN. “Because I’m at the point where there’s no awards, there’s no regular season or no All-NBA or All-Stars is going to change the way my legacy is. Well, there’s a few things that can change it, but the main one is the championship. So when you start thinking about what you want to be remembered as, you want to be remembered as someone that’s won. When you are presented with a plan, sometimes it goes wrong, sometimes it goes right. We’ve still got long way to go. On paper it looks great. But we still got to go on the court and make it work.” -via ESPN / July 8, 2024
Todd Whitehead: Highest assist-per-touch rates among players 6’9 or taller. pic.twitter.com/vfF5wvGhEe -via Twitter @CrumpledJumper / July 2, 2024
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic is of course involved in the Nuggets’ roster building, who Denver signs and who they don’t. Pretty much every franchise star is involved in those discussions. Russell Westbrook isn’t the first guy that he’s advocated for. He’s advocated against players too. -via Twitter @HarrisonWind / July 1, 2024

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