Joel Embiid Is Already Recruiting Giannis Antetokounmpo To The 76ers

Bryan Brandom
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Though it’ll be a while before Giannis Antetokounmpo hits free agency, Joel Embiid spent part of All-Star Weekend trying to convince his temporary teammate to join forces with him on a more permanent basis so they can hold NBA teams to roughly zero points per game.

But Embiid’s attempt at convincing the Milwaukee Bucks star to jump ship to the Philadelphia 76ers—complete with Embiid’s often repeated rallying cry—apparently had little effect on the Greek Freak.

“He told me I should trust the process and come play for Philly,” a laughing Giannis told reporters at the team’s first practice since the star of the midseason break. “That was my reaction—I just laughed.”

Though, he’s gotta admit, they looked pretty damn good out there together.

Not only did Giannis poo-poo the idea of playing in Philly, he shrugged off Los Angeles, which hosted the All-Star Game, as well.

“I could never see myself being out there,” he said. “It’s great for two, three days but it’s a little bit—things are going a little bit crazy.

“Of course, because of the All-Star Game, there was a lot of people there. … In Milwaukee—I love Milwaukee—it’s low-key. I can walk down the road, down the streets without anybody bugging me—nobody interrupts my conversation or anything. I love how quiet and calm Milwaukee is.”

Embiid, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Clippers all have plenty of time to improve their pitches; Giannis’ contract isn’t up until 2021.

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