Larry Brown was the Philadelphia 76ers head coach from 1997 to 2003, leading the team to its last NBA Finals appearance in 2001.
The veteran coach talked on how Joel Embiid, the superstar center of the Sixers, could improve his game becoming more dominant in the paint, while he praised Ben Simmons for his all-around contribution.
“When I see Joel, I don’t think anybody is better than him,” the Hall of Fame coach said. “He might get mad at me today, but he needs to get on the block, and he needs to block every shot and dominate on the post because he’ll open it up for everybody else. And I don’t think there’s a better big man in the game than him.
My hope for him is that he would think about Kobe and Michael and watch ‘The Last Dance” and realize the gift that he has, and just spend all his time working on that craft because there’s nobody that can be any more dominant than him.”
While Brown expressed doubts about the pairing of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, he praised Simmons’ ability to contribute in many ways during the game:
“He can guard, he rebounds the ball, he passes the ball as well as anybody. He’s completely unselfish,” he noted.
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