Joel Embiid dissects Andre Drummond in Sixers training: WATCH
Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid promised their longtime steer was behind them when they became teammates with the Philadelphia 76ers. And Drummond reiterated that there was no animosity on Sixers Media Day.
Then came the first day of practice at training camp in Camden, NJ. Embiid appears to leave Drummond suspended for a slap for almost 10 seconds on Tuesday (September 28). The viral video (via Noah Levic of NBC Sports Philadelphia) shows the former Los Angeles Lakers center being congratulated by Tobias Harris before leaving five digits for Embiid. Nope.
The NBA MVP finalist won’t shake his hand despite Drummond’s applause to get Embiid’s attention. To be fair, Embiid is receiving instructions from head coach Doc Rivers, so it’s entirely possible he hasn’t heard or seen Drummond. (This was not a sarcastic comment). The dissected safeguard gets a second slap from Harris at the end.
“We’re like titans, we just fight each other hard, we play hard against each other,” Drummond told reporters on Sixers Media Day. “I have no animosity towards him nor towards myself, we are now teammates. Play with him, grow with him, help him be the best he can be.
When asked to elaborate further on the hurt feelings or if the two had spoken about it, Drummond said, “I think it’s not said, there’s nothing to say about it. It’s basketball, there’s no real beef – at the end of the day it’s basketball, what kind of real beef can you have?
Later in the day the The official Sixers Twitter account shared a photo of a smiling Drummond from Embiid. It seems the two were just hammering and really enjoying being teammates.
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Harris is working on the three-point shot
Tobias Harris was not the best three-point shooter of his career. However, the Sixers star posted his best deepball percentage since 2018 at increase your career average at 39.4% last season. It was good, not good enough.
Harris has spent the offseason at the gym trying to improve this outdoor jumper. Mostly off the rebound, instead of relying on open looks. No Ben Simmons this year could have a big impact on how many open looks the whole team gets.
“Being able to shoot threes on the rebound, contested three-pointers as well, so that was the major focus of the summer. That was the main focus for me, ”Harris told reporters. “Lots of three-point shots on the rebound, a lot of movement after bouncing around the perimeter as well as off the three-point line.”
Rivers lobbied for Drummond
Rivers of credit for putting Drummond on the Sixers list. The head coach really wanted a big, reliable man behind Embiid – my apologies to Dwight Howard – and pushed the front office to sign a double All-Star who just turned 28 in August. Rivers named Drummond and Georges Niang as key additions.
“I think Drymmoond is a big pickup for us”, Rivers told reporters. “I think Niang is the quiet pickup. Personally, I think he will be really big for us, especially if we try to play small ball because of his ability to stretch the floor. And more importantly, just being together in year two makes us a better team. “