Report: Joel Embiid opposed 76ers hiring Tyronn Lue (Ben Simmons’ guy)
Tyronn Lue was once considered a favorite to become a 76ers coach.
Philadelphia eventually focused on Mike D’Antoni and then hired Doc Rivers when the ex-Clippers coach surprisingly became available.
Why did Lue (who got the Clippers job) fall out of the competition?
Lue has a relationship with LeBron James for training the Lakers superstar with the Cavaliers. LeBron's agent, Rich Paul, says LeBron regards Paul's other customers as family. Paul also represents '76 star Ben Simmons.
Connect the dots and ... they don't lead to Joel Embiid.
Bill Oram and Joe Vardon from The Athletic:
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.
Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia:
Embiid did not directly deny this coverage, but did provide a long answer and share his thoughts on his role in the organization and the Sixers' coaching quest.
"That's a good question," he said. "As I've said all year, you have to control what you can. I don't really know. I just try to come and do my job every day and these people trust me a lot to make it happen. This one Kind of decisions, I'm not a GM, I'm not in the front office, it has nothing to do with me, and I've always told them to do whatever is best for the team.
“If you thought Doc was the right trainer for us, I trust you. If you didn't think any of the other candidates was the right choice for us, then I trust you. I'm sure they did the background check. So I can't control that. I'm not in the front office. I am just a gamer. I just try to come every day and do the best possible job with everything I have.
“Of course we made a lot of changes this summer. I'm just saying we had a lot of great candidates. All of them are great. Ty won a championship. I think we went to see Mike D’Antoni, who was our assistant coach. And then Doc came into the picture. I thought the choice they made could have been either way. Either would have been great for this team. The owners and (General Manager Elton Brand) ... they went with Doc. I thought it was a good choice. That's all I'm going to say, but reports will be reports. I can only control what I can. "
Embiid and Simmons clearly get along well enough. The 76s were good with these two.
But Embiid and Simmons are young stars who are still trying to establish themselves in the league. A certain amount of friction is to be expected. I suspect everyone sees themselves as a franchise player in Philadelphia - or at least wants to be treated as such.
Lue might have had a hard time winning Embiid. Exactly or not, perception can play a role. While Embiid rightly believes that hiring the coach was an owner / management decision, managers may have considered Embiid's prospects for candidates.
Rivers has the stamp of approval to demand respect from both Embiid and Simmons. This is a major reason Rivers was the right mindset.
Report: Joel Embiid was up against 76ers who hired Tyronn Lue (Ben Simmons' type) and originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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