The main reasons for that optimism are stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid who are two of the top players in this league and they do plenty of things on the basketball court. “Every player that says they want to win a championship, there are required things you have to do and one of them is conditioning. We’re going to get everybody in the best shape possible. With COVID, it makes it double tough.”
One thing that cannot be denied about the two of them is that they both are smart players and they show it on the floor.
“Ben singular and Joel singular are unbelievable basketball players and they’ve proven that,” the veteran coach said. “What they have to do is win. That’s why we’re all here, right? They haven’t won yet. They’re young, they have time, and I love what they both bring. The biggest thing, seeing them in the gym, is their IQ’s. They are both brilliantly smart basketball players and that really will help in our growth process as trying to win together. They can do it, they will do it. The yet is what we have to take away. I can’t tell you when that’s going to be, but it’s going to happen.”
Due to the nature of camp and preseason right now, there will be a lot of pressure on Rivers to get Simmons, Embiid, and the rest of the team up to speed.