Em­biid show­ing why he is Six­ers’ gem

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - Jack McCaf­fery Colum­nist

PHILADEL­PHIA >> It had been less than 48 hours since the 76ers had be­come newer, bet­ter and more com­plete, and Brett Brown was al­ready pre­pared to call the most im­por­tant play in his head­coach­ing ca­reer.

Fi­nally fit with a start­ing five ca­pa­ble of match­ing up with any in the sport, he knew that it would work only with one stip­u­la­tion. So it would be, es­sen­tially vol­un­tar­ily, out loud and on TV that Brown or­dered this en­try pass: “Joel Em­biid is still the crown jewel. Every­body should hear that.”

Every­body had to, in­clud­ing To­bias Har­ris and Jimmy But­ler, in­clud­ing Ben Sim­mons and J.J. Redick, all of whom lack the


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