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Joel Embiid wishes for the first NBA championship ‘either in Philly or anywhere else’

PorSam Miller

Jul 17, 2023

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid broke through and captured his first NBA MVP after the 2022-23 season came to a close, but still missed out on the elusive first championship.

Embiid’s desire to win a championship is what he seems to be focused on moving forward, and the recent comments he made surprised 76ers fans. Embiid was at the Los Angeles Nonstop Film Festival with Maverick Carter when he was asked what fans could expect from him.

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Joel Embiid on the bench

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, #21, sits on the bench during the final moments of their loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

«I just want to win a championship. Whatever it takes,» he said. «I don’t know where that’s going to be, if it’s going to be in Philly or anywhere else. I just want to have a chance to do it. I want to see what it feels like to win the first one, and then you can think about the next one.

«It’s not easy, but it takes more than one, two, three guys. You have to have good people around you. Every day, I work hard to be at that level to be able to produce and make it happen. Every day, I’m working towards that goal. That’s where my mindset has always been.»

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Joel Embiid warms up

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid warms up before action against the Brooklyn Nets in Game Two of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

He described the MVP award as an «added bonus», but the focus remains on the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

As the comments made their way across social media, Embiid seemed to suggest he was joking when he brought up the «everywhere else» comment.

He averaged 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game during his MVP season. He has been an All-Star in six of the past seven seasons.

Joel Embiid prepares to move

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, #21, controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton, #33, during the third quarter of Game Two of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center . (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

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Philly hasn’t reached the NBA Finals since 2001.