« Last post by LarBrd33 on Today at 03:44:54 AM »
Total waste of time to argue about it. This will all be a moot point in a couple months when summer league starts. If everything I've read about Embiid is accurate, I think he's got a shot at rookie of the year. Scouts said he was by far the best prospect in the 2014 draft and some felt he should have been taken 1st regardless of the injury. The fact that he showed up late to rehab a couple times and gained a few pounds during his recovery means very little to me. That's the mark of a kid who was frustrated that he couldn't play basketball. He was dealing with a lot. New country, brother died at the start of the season, and he couldn't use basketball as an outlet.I think he's going to be a superstar long-term. I think it was just frustrating for him not being able to play basketball. He's been fine the last couple months. Will be exciting to see him in summer league. It will not take long to shut up the naysayers who desperately want to compare him to Greg Oden.
You realize you have probably posted this 50 times. We get it, you like him and Noel. They are going to be great and elite
I think Noel is going to be a very, very good player. I am very high on him and I think he has proven a lot already.
I find it hard to get excited about Embiid though given the multiple injuries he has already suffered and some of these criticisms about his work-ethic and character. That foot injury is scary. Same one that Big Z, McHale, Walton and Yao all had. He had a back injury in college too. Worrying place to get an injury.
So I am taking more of a wait and see approach with Embiid vs Noel who I am sold on.
I hope it works out for Embiid though. Sick at how many talented centers have had their careers wrecked by injuries over last 10 years. League needs more top talent centers.
I get why people want to compare him to previous busts, but I think that narrative is too convenient. Kid is going to be a beast. I'm not going to be shocked to see Philly in the playoffs within two years. Let's see how he looks in Summer league.