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Joel Embiid recruiting LeBron James to 76ers

Jul 4, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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LeBron James would make any team in the NBA…

I’ve heard that sentence finished with anything from “a playoff squad” to “a championship contender.” LeBron blends historic levels of individual dominance and an ability to make his teammates better. With him, anything seems possible.

If he listens to Joel Embiid, whom the historically bad 76ers just drafted No. 3 with the expectation he’ll miss most of the season, LeBron could really tests the limits of how high he could lift any team.

If LeBron is getting ready to explore his options, why not Philadelphia?

The 76ers can offer his desired max contract, and out of sympathy for the injured Embiid, I won’t analyze this any further.

  1. greatmiamisportsmind - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    LOL like LeBron is going to Flithadelphia

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      LOL like there are any miami fans if he leaves

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Random question but…..why haven’t you seen a cup yet? I’m pretty sure you have.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Stanley Cup….I’m a pathetic Flyers fan!!!

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      LOL they’re in a million times better scenario than you in 3 years, maybe even two.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        Yeah hinging hopes on 2 players who have never played an NBA game yet. Your right no chance either will be a bust right? Yeah, 2 years from now, the 3 will opt out again, but this time will have more than the record $55 million available, since a new CBA will be negotiated and the television deals will be redone adding more money.

      • tfoz5150 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Yeah and when your team stinks it up in the playoffs, you guys can all head for the exits early again in your white pants.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Stinking it up in the Finals is better than losing 28 straight regular season games, but what do I know?

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        “Stinking it up in the Finals is better than losing 28 straight regular season games, but what do I know?”

        But what do you know? not much, because it was a 26 straight losing streak not 28.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Damm – you really showed him!

    • 5xchamp24 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Cant you come up with something better than Filthadelphia? And at least spell it right.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:01 AM

        OK, you did ask…


        “Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, whose municipality has the lowest credit rating of the five most-populous U.S. cities,”

        “Philadelphia is hoping to attract investors for the city, which is rated three steps above junk by Standard & Poor’s. The city and its authorities have $8.75 billion in outstanding debt as of September” (that was as of last Sept, 2013)

        “Philadelphia has less than 50 cents set aside for every $1 it expects to pay current and future retirees.”

        KILLadelphia… oh, I didn’t make this name up, Philly is referred to this name online… like in this article

        “Philly’s Murder Rate Is Skyrocketing Again in 2014”

        I guess it would be an improvement actually if Philly moved up and only became Filthadelphia…

      • tfoz5150 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        I saw Cocaine Cowboys. The only reason Miami exists is because of that female Colombian drug lord. Otherwise…s***hole south.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM


        uh, you’re right… don’t forget about Detroit either…

  2. yesser12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Embiid should be rehabbing. Lebron was never going to consider Philly. An Bron ignored every tweet from him. Not a fan of either team but Embiid is acting like Bynum a foolish kid.

    • elwaysagenius - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      This is clearly a joke, and a hilarious one at that. I doubt Embiid actually thinks Lebron is coming to Philly.

      • therealhtj - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Embiid totally won the Internet. Here’s hoping the kid gets healthy and becomes the beast many project him to be.

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      In 2 years Embiid will be recruiting any free agents he wants to Philadelphia.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Good point @yesser12 – no one could possibly rehab while they are tweeting. This dude is clearly slacking.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Hey, I like this guy. I’m hopping on the Embiidwagon.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Me too! He has a good sense of humor.

  4. jimeejohnson - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Lebron ain’t goin’ to Philly: that’s Rocky Balboa’s town.

    • tuberippin - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      Mike Schmidt.

      • tfoz5150 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        Fresh prince

  5. mungman69 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    LeBron isn’t going anywhere.

  6. zinger92 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Since when did players decide “let’s just get all the stars on one team to make this easy because it’s too hard to do it the way the great ones (Jordan, Bird, Duncan, etc) did it.”? If LeBron had any cajones he would have never left Cleveland, which is why he will never go to Philly. It’s a shame though, I would love to see him prove that he can take a horrible team and win something with them. Besides in a year or two the Sixers plus LeBron would be pretty dang formidable. Anyway, Joel seems like a pretty hilarious dude, making fun of his own accent and all that. Glad he’s on my Sixers, can’t wait to see him play…oh wait, I have to 😦

  7. clevelandrox - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    ??? umm, Breaking news Embid has already blocked Bron on his tweeter account for not responding, lol 2 funny… you’re only a few hours late Dan…jeez

  8. smiddlefish - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    maybe in 5 years he may consider it. may.

  9. timb12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    If Lebron makes his teammates so much better then why do Bosh and Wade get so much hate? If they light it up, credit Lebron. If they suck, Lebron needs help. The media can’t have it both ways. Lebron is phenomenal, but if you’re going to credit him for making players better, then he should get some blame if they don’t play well. Just going by the same standard.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      it’s not his fault that wade has been playing like crap, and not the whole season. it’s not his ffault erik put a pf at center position, who can’t even get past good pfs. also not his fault bosh doesn’t knock down those open jumpers. sometimes bosh crazy self will get it from lebron at the 3p line. his misses a good amount of those occasionally. i say the same with kobe. he’ll get someone open and pass them the ball repeatedly, but they don’t knock down the shots. then he does it again. lebron was the one pulling his weight. you can’t make someone play better if they aren’t doing half the work either. i don’t think i’m making any sense, but i don’t think it’s lebrons fault they aren’t showing up when he’s putting his work in and still passing the ball. he tried to take the game into his own hands and failed because they didn’t show up when it counted

    • thecorduroyman - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      He can’t play for them. Nor is he capable of mind controlling his entire team. If he makes players better it’s like a bonus. But he can’t be accountable when people are missing open J’s.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      What people mean by “he makes his teammates better” is that LeBron is unselfish, aware and smart – and he’s conscious of the defensive attention he gets, and he’s able to manipulate it to get his teammates good looks. He does this more than an average high scoring star. He does it like a point guard. On the whole, he makes the game easier for everybody else.

      James is still doing all of that even when Wade and Bosh are having off nights.

      He would get more blame for them not playing well if he was selfish and ignored them – but he’s always trying to get them going.

      • timb12 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Dang. That’s a really good explanation.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        spot on Anti…

        and there is Kobe, who HIMSELF said that his eyes get big and all he sees is the basket and he IGNORES his teammates on the court and will take a BAD shot himself ahead of giving his teammate a good shot…

  10. ranfan12 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Lebron to 76ers deal reportedly in the works.

  11. chaseutley - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Embiid, Noel, Thad, LeBron, and MCW would have as good of a chance as anybody in the East.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      secured conference finals position

  12. icdogg - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Embiid is making the offseason fun.

  13. thedream75067 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    The bias held by these writers are unprecedented.
    Lebron can do no wrong. He makes his teammates
    Better when they playing well, get all the credit.
    The minute they start missing shots, lebron has nothing
    To do with that. U can’t have it both ways

  14. wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    Crazy how a couple limp seasons can turn a franchise into “historically bad.” What about the history Chamberlain the 1st, Dr J, Moses Malone, Barkley & Iverson among other legends put in the books?

    • wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      Oh & Embiid could end up on that legends list too. Philly got the best talent in the draft, ’16 ROY!

  15. ravenswhat - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    This guy is already infinite amounts more likeable than “king” James.

  16. phillycannon - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    So the fake Heat fans come on here and get mad at Embiid for trying to recruit Lebron. Why??? Rehab….for real? I mean he is about a few weeks removed from surgery!

    I know its a long shot, but why cant Lebron come to Philly. He will get in a bigger market(major), then he is in, he will have a very young nucleus he can teach, and a fan base who sticks with the Sixers. Also philly is near 3major areas, ny, and bmore. He’s doing a good recruiting job, than most Philly players ever did.

    And to the editor….whats historically bad??? You fail to mention that the Bucks had a worst record in the league, the 26 game losing streak wasnt even a record(thanks Bobcats), and the Sixers are only 2 year removed from the playoffs. Also, to be historically bad, they did win 19 games with a d league roster. The Bucks had a nba roster and still manage to be terrible. So who is historically bad in this case.

    • j0esixpack - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Well said. And I’m not even a Philly fan but it’s all true.

      And while I’d love to see LeBron actually show what he can do by himself, not bolstered by other all stars, but with a young promising group of guys he could lead, we still know Embiid hasn’t proven he can be healthy let alone be a dominant NBA force

      Which of course Embiid himself knows. His recruitment campaign is a pretty smart joke in my opinion, though I also think it’s clear that while Embiid knows LeBron isn’t coming, he’s also expressing confidence in himself and likely his team.

      I’m not going to fault the kid for that. In fact I’m going to give him credit for it – and credit for a good little Twitter campaign that had people thinking about Philly’s future. If the front office didn’t give this its blessing (let alone come up with the idea) I’d be surprised.

      Well done by Embiid

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        You do remember that LeBron played in Cleveland for 7 years, right? He never had a supporting cast worth talking about, and they won 60+ games (multiple times). Hell, he even took them to the NBA Finals with a team that wouldn’t have made the playoffs without him being on the roster.

  17. vicksprman - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Embiidis already my favorite Sixer. Dude is hilarious.

  18. lakerade - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    They’ve got as good a shot as anyone, it’s starting over however this thing pans out.

  19. phillycannon - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Every team needs a stand up player. Not just professional, but just someone who can have a locker loose and having fun. Embiid did something that even today’s superstars are scared to do. This kid hasnt played even a summer league game and recruiting(jokingly, but he is actually serious).. While some(Heatless) fans dont like what he’s doing, he just gave confidence to a lot of fans in Philly.

    Hell, Iverson didnt even recruit players pubicly, and he is beloved in this city.

    And also with the whole Lebron took the Cavs to the finals by himself, is bs. At the end of the day….there were other teams that either won the chip with a bunch of role players or 2 or 3 stars on the team. Can anyone name more than 5 players that was on the Detroit, Dallas, LA, or San Antonio teams that won? Most can only name the stars. Think about that.

    While its hard to take a team to the finals, its not impossible…..and Lebron wasnt the first.

    • seansull83 - Jul 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      You talking the no name Pistons that took out the Lakers. Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, “Rip” Hamilton and Tayshon Prince. Funny how 5 guys that weren’t superstars could dethrone the great Kobe and company.

  20. smackingfools - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Just give Lebron a few more rings. He doesn’t want to earn them. He wants them handed to him. The Spurs didn’t cry last year about needing more help. They just got better. And the Heat have plenty of talent to win. They just didn’t want it bad enough as the Spurs.

  21. mutasian - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    sure hope he goes to the sixers. tired of the circus.

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