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Doc Rivers, Sixers impressed with Joel Embiid as a leader in training camp

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“Just everything. What he’s saying. What he’s doing. You got to do both. You can’t do one and not the other. He’s done everything. He’s missed very few reps in practice if any. I don’t know, maybe, if you go 100% of practice, Joel has been in 98% of the practices and has been good. That’s leadership. He’s really doing a lot of things that we need him to do.”

Vocally, Philadelphia relies on Tobias Harris a great deal in terms of leadership, but even Harris has to acknowledge everything that Embiid is doing out on the floor in camp. “He wants to put us in the right position for us to be successful on the floor. We’ve had numerous conversations about our focus this year and where we want to go so for him it’s just, he’s talking a lot more to different guys, pulling guys to the side so you just see him evolve as a player now on the court, but on the court, and communication-wise I think that’s a big key for his growth and our team growth as well.”

On top of that, Embiid continues to take the next step in terms of his conditioning. Philadelphia needs him out there every night to have a chance at winning and the big fella has responded in a big way with his participation in practice. “Right back where he left off in good shape. I think he’s in good cardio. His cardio was good as well, his wind is good out there, so he’s dominant, as always, and healthy so it’s good to have him compete in all the drills as Doc said like 98%, close to 100 really. He’s healthy so that’s a plus for us.”

The Sixers will need Embiid to continue to be a dominant force on the floor, and he will get back at it on Monday when the Sixers take on the Toronto Raptors to open the preseason.

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