It’s no secret that Joel Embiid wanted this season’s MVP like nothing else. In fact, the Cameroonian center took advantage of the last weeks of competition to star in a media parade in which he was in charge of making it clear what he longed for the prize. ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, FOX Sports, the JJ Redick podcast… However, once the torrent of debate caused by these interventions was silenced, favoritism returned to position himself on the side of Nikola Jokic, who will be named MVP for the second consecutive year. When asked about it, Joel Embiid was far from resentful. “Obviously, congratulations to Nikola. He has deserved it. He has had an incredible season »he pronounced at a press conference.
The Sixers star mentioned that the only really important thing was to win the ring and that the news does not catch him by surprise. “I have known for weeks. Probably even two weeks before the end of the regular league. When I saw the last table of favorites that ESPN published, I knew that it was not going to happen. She didn’t want to drop the subject without highlighting his own performance and that of a few other candidates. “There are no good or bad choices. There were many candidates and it could have gone anywhere. Giannis, Devin Booker being on the best team in the league.»
Even so, he remains convinced that his season is as worthy of the award as that of his main competitors. «I guess every year it all depends on what you guys [la prensa] say and whatever fits the narrative best to see who wins it. I’m not pissed off. I know that I have put myself in a position to win the award two years in a row »concluded an exhausted Embiid after the heavy loss suffered against the Miami Heat in the fifth game of the Eastern Semifinals.
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