Joel Embiid gives Sixers front office ULTIMATUM after humiliating loss to Celtics

Embiid is unhappy with Sixers after Game 7 loss and wants immediate changes.

Joel Embiid gives Sixers front office ULTIMATUM after humiliating loss to Celtics

Reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid (Via House of Highlights/YouTube)

The Philadelphia 76ers had a golden opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals after taking a 3-2 lead over the Celtics last week but squandered it by losing two straight games in dismal fashion. The Sixers’ season came to a screeching halt on Sunday night as they fell to the Boston Celtics 112-88 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Sixers have now failed to reach the Conference Finals for the sixth straight year despite qualifying for the playoffs in each season. They have not made it past the second round since 2001.


Joel Embiid, who won his first MVP award this season, was visibly frustrated and unhappy with his team’s performance and lack of support. He did not mince words after the game, calling out his teammates for not stepping up.

Me and James [Harden], we can’t win alone. That’s why basketball is played five-on-five. We need everybody to find ways to be better, and we’ll be fine,” Embiid said, referring to his Sixers teammates apart from James Harden.

Embiid had a subpar game by his standards, scoring only 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting and missing all four of his 3-point attempts. He also had eight rebounds and two blocks. Harden was not much better, shooting 3-of-11 for nine points, along with six rebounds and seven assists. The only other Sixers who scored in double digits were Tobias Harris, who had 19 points, and Tyrese Maxey, who chipped in with 17 points, for a combined 36 points.


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Joel Embiid’s discontent puts Sixers in a bind

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum driving past Sixers’ Joel Embiid (Via Getty Images)

They were no match for the Celtics’ dynamic duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who scored 51 and 25 points, respectively. Tatum and Brown carried the Celtics to victory, while Embiid and Harden watched helplessly.

Embiid’s discontent with the Sixers was evident throughout. He often looked disengaged and unhappy on the court, especially in the last two games of the series. The reigning NBA MVP signed a four-year, $210,112,000 million extension with the Sixers, which will commence at the start of the 2023-24 season. He has a player option for the final year of his deal in 2026-27.

The Sixers have a lot of pressure on them this summer after succumbing to another early exit from the playoffs. Will they make Embiid happy and try to change the roster to suit him and Harden? Or will they risk losing him to another team? Or like other teams this season, fire their head coach for not winning a championship? Only time will tell how this plays out for the Sixers.


The fate of Philly hangs in the balance.

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