The first man to follow Doc Rivers and Daryl Morey to the stage on Monday’s Media Day was Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid, who fielded a host of questions related and unrelated to Ben Simmons.
Like his head coach and president of basketball operations before him, Embiid made clear his wishes for Simmons to return to the team.
Had Embiid been extended the opportunity to convene with Simmons in Los Angeles, he said he would’ve expressed his disappointment. “
While he did not outright state it, Embiid also alluded to the notion that Simmons’ inclusion among various trade rumors over the past nine months is perhaps influencing his decision to hold out.