Can Joel Embiid be the best player on a championship team? Stephen A. says no | First Take

  • Published: 13 February 2020
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Comments • 677

  • Mack Peters
    Mack Peters  8 hours back

    Building a team around simmons like giannis is gonna enable his shitty attitude about shooting the ball. Y’all didn’t see it before. His attitude is the problem with shooting. He’s never gonna catch a chip that way cause he’s not a threat on half of the floor.

    • Dead Pool
      Dead Pool  2 days back

      Stephen A has coached so many teams to championships

      • Jaylen Guzman
        Jaylen Guzman  2 days back


        • The Bay
          The Bay  2 days back

          Max was shaking his head after Molly interrupted Scottie 😂🤣

          • Mateo Duran
            Mateo Duran  2 days back

            If you put embid on a team like the Heat he can win a championship being the best player on the team

            • brotheris33
              brotheris33  2 days back

              The moment philly gives Ben his own team they gonna be at best a first round exit every year

              • Na je
                Na je  2 days back

                Don't trade Ben or Embiid, trade Harris and horford. Possibly fire Brett brown in the off season

                • nabil chowdhury
                  nabil chowdhury  2 days back

                  I don’t think Ben is a better handler than Giannis. Also, Giannis is better at shooting, defense, and he’s more athletic.

                  • Man O'Neal
                    Man O'Neal  3 days back

                    The way that Max just slaps out his b’s and p’s is infuriating.

                    • Kreemar Asar Miriamen
                      Kreemar Asar Miriamen  3 days back

                      When did The Bucks win the championship???

                      • ruben Remingtongorilla

                        Pippen sucks at takes

                        • Chip yard
                          Chip yard  3 days back

                          Pippen laughing at these fools yelling.

                          • Terry Gyimah
                            Terry Gyimah  3 days back

                            They need to bring Horford off the bench but at the same time Brett Brown the coach is more or less the point

                            • sld1776
                              sld1776  3 days back

                              Say, you trade Joel Embiid for Bradley Beal, and move the lineup one-up. PG: Simmons; SG: Beal; SF: Richardson; PF: Harris; C: Horford. The team is better. Max has a point.

                              • B V
                                B V  3 days back

                                They keep saying if ben had a team around him, this team is more to Ben's strengths than Embiids. Brown doesnt put joel in enough situations to take advantage of his mismatches instead of just camping him on the 3pt line so simmons can be in the dunkers spot. Smh

                                • dan hibiki
                                  dan hibiki  3 days back

                                  with everyone going small, Embiid should focus on the post and let everyone else be on the perimeter. They have the blueprint for a Shaq and Kobe/Wade/Penny type of team.

                                  • Could be
                                    Could be  3 days back

                                    4:06 Molly self-reflecting and realizing how bad she is at her job, before realizing she's in the middle of a show on live tv...

                                    • Nasser 'Otutaha
                                      Nasser 'Otutaha  3 days back

                                      I wonder if the Lakers manage to pull it off and win with a big af team if that will change the trend in the NBA

                                      • Dj Mile High
                                        Dj Mile High  3 days back

                                        Bro how long till they drop molly?

                                        • Zac Choate
                                          Zac Choate  3 days back

                                          If Embiid was on the Celtics, he'd be the best player, and they'd be championship favorites.

                                          • Sadrack Dorce
                                            Sadrack Dorce  3 days back

                                            Three words for Joel Embiid: "Come to Miami"

                                            • Champs ViZion
                                              Champs ViZion  3 days back

                                              Stephen A: here is why you are wrong God...

                                              God: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

                                              • Champs ViZion
                                                Champs ViZion  3 days back

                                                Ha Pip ignored Molly like they ignored that herpe on his lip lmao

                                                • Andre Fotsing
                                                  Andre Fotsing  3 days back

                                                  That's how I hate Media. Every day they change their mind ,dipend on what you have had days before

                                                  • Jose Torres
                                                    Jose Torres  3 days back

                                                    Embiid on Toronto will be a situation where he'd be the best player in a championship team

                                                    • Travis Rowe
                                                      Travis Rowe  3 days back

                                                      Scottie dressed like he in a 1998 r&b video.

                                                      • alex Motts
                                                        alex Motts  3 days back

                                                        The could've been. If they would've kept butler or Reddick.the 76ers would've been fine. But to let both go??? The owner and the gm both need their heads examined. Wth was he even thinking??

                                                        • HEEM SLEEPY
                                                          HEEM SLEEPY  3 days back

                                                          bruh this dude scored 0 points in a game a few weeks ago

                                                          • Chef Sev
                                                            Chef Sev  4 days back

                                                            i'll be a bit harsh and say it's the players who create an era not an era that creates the players...before curry nobody was shotting so many threes..if embiid goes every night and drops 30 and 15 you'see how quickly the 3 era will change

                                                            • Joel Breh
                                                              Joel Breh  4 days back

                                                              The game is changed, you can't just run pick and roll and win off mid range, you need to shoot 3s. So I believe if Joell Embiid ran around the perimeter and set screens for guys to come off and shoot they could let Ben drive all day. And Joell would be open from guys cutting

                                                              • kyle lescano
                                                                kyle lescano  4 days back

                                                                Embiid on the Heat or Warriors would be filthy.

                                                                • leigh jay
                                                                  leigh jay  4 days back

                                                                  Been Simmons and Joel Embiid have the potential to be Kobe and Shaq but they will never be that because they don’t have their work ethic or tenacity

                                                                  • Master U
                                                                    Master U  4 days back

                                                                    embid can not be the man. . . .for a championship team

                                                                    • matt13r1
                                                                      matt13r1  4 days back


                                                                      • OpTic Truth
                                                                        OpTic Truth  4 days back

                                                                        Simmons hurts the team a lot because he doesnt have a jumpshot and he is very predictable on offense, always passing. Simmons deficiencies Makes the 76ers easy to guard. Embiid is still clearly the best player on the 76ers.

                                                                        • OpTic Truth
                                                                          OpTic Truth  4 days back

                                                                          Max is tripping. Simmons will never be as good as the greek freek. And its completely unrealistic to think building a team around simmons will turn out to be like the bucks now.

                                                                          • Marcus De Villiers
                                                                            Marcus De Villiers  4 days back

                                                                            Stfu Molly

                                                                            • JOHN JAKELIC
                                                                              JOHN JAKELIC  4 days back

                                                                              If only Embiid had a tiny bit of AI in him...he's too slow and fragile.

                                                                              • The Modern Day Gamer
                                                                                The Modern Day Gamer  4 days back

                                                                                Joel Embiid is the best center in the league. But he is lazy and needs to really try if he did he would drop 30ppg 14rpg and a couple blocks and could be a champion if he had guys who can shoot and guys who will motivate him

                                                                                • Momentum Shift
                                                                                  Momentum Shift  4 days back

                                                                                  I agree with Max. I want to see Ben Simmons have his own team. He probably would be in the MVP conversation. I'm tired of seeing the same MVP candidates anyway.

                                                                                  • Raul Salazar
                                                                                    Raul Salazar  4 days back

                                                                                    Is Steven A Smith Asking someone to Calm he Allowed to do that?

                                                                                    • John Solly583
                                                                                      John Solly583  4 days back

                                                                                      Ben Simmons can’t play offense...crazy how people hold him in such a high regard when he is absolutely incapable of putting the ball in the hoop outside of 3 feet

                                                                                      • lancasterII
                                                                                        lancasterII  4 days back

                                                                                        Don't they have anything else to talk about???

                                                                                        • Jourdan Sarpy
                                                                                          Jourdan Sarpy  4 days back

                                                                                          Man if OKC would have traded Steven Adams and 2 first round picks for Embiid, OKC would be contenders in the west. It’s not that Embiid can’t be the best player. It’s that he can’t be the leader of a championship team.

                                                                                          • Jayden Popa
                                                                                            Jayden Popa  4 days back

                                                                                            Stephen L Smith

                                                                                            • Matthew Greco
                                                                                              Matthew Greco  4 days back

                                                                                              Why is pippen auto tuned 247

                                                                                              • BILLADO
                                                                                                BILLADO  4 days back

                                                                                                This was a confusing segment lol

                                                                                                • AzatisS
                                                                                                  AzatisS  4 days back

                                                                                                  He can be the best player in a team but not the best player in the league, right Stephen A ?