Sixers coach Brett Brown wants Joel Embiid to play more minutes

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The head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown wants superstar center Joel Embiid to have more playing time.

Brown said Embiid’s weight still remains an issue, but the big man of the Sixers is working hard to reach his ideal weight.

“Joel’s always a topic. We get it. The importance that he represents as being a complete parallel to can you win a championship or not, is real.

I’ve had many conversations with Jo. I spoke with him 30 minutes ago, and he’s got a real desire to be at a playing weight that equals his best since he’s been in the league.

I feel, like this year [he’s] averaging 30 minutes and last year he’s at 34. Really, if the playoffs started pick whatever date you want to choose, my ideal thing is I want to play him about 38 minutes.

I really would. In a playoff situation, as the head coach, that’s my ideal number. In the regular season, you bring him along and so I think 30 was the number this year that he ended up, but possibly [this break could be helpful].

I feel like Joel is completely – and this is good. Joel is completely aware that kind of as he goes with his health and his fitness, we go,” Brown said, via Paul Hudrick of NBC Sports Philadelphia.