Joel Embiid opposed Sixers possibly hiring Tyronn Lue as head coach
The Philadelphia 76ers were an off-season team that made their first coaching hunt in seven seasons after firing Brett Brown in August. They had a few candidates before picking Doc Rivers to lead the bank.
One of those contestants was Tyronn Lue, who won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and had successful superstars like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. It seemed Lue was going to be the leading man for the job in Philadelphia, but there was a major block on his path.
The great Joel Embiid was against the Sixers because he wanted to hire Lue. According to Bill Oram and Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Embiid didn't like the look that Lue's main ally was Agent Rich Paul, who was representing Ben Simmons.
Oram and Vardon report:
The Sixers finally prepared an interview with Lue for September 29th, but it was already clear that the dynamic wasn't on his side.
Lue had an ally in the Sixers' search - super agent Rich Paul, who represents James (hence his ties to Lue) and Philadelphia star Ben Simmons. But sources in the NBA said the other Sixers star, Joel Embiid, ultimately spoke out against Lue as a coach for X and O reasons and the look of Simmons' "guy" who gets the job.
This could be another national media story trying to drive a wedge between Embiid and Simmons - Embiid called the national media a little earlier in the training camp for this type of thing.
However, it makes sense that Embiid didn't want this for this reason. He is the best player on the team and there is sometimes a power struggle with star players in these particular situations. At the end of the day, Rivers is the coach of this team and he seems like the type that everyone can agree on.
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