76ers coach Brown: Embiid and Simmons will win a championship together
- Brett Brown believes Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons can lead the Philadelphia 76ers – who have not won the NBA since 1983 – to glory.
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is convinced All-Star duo Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will win an NBA championship together.
76ers center Embiid and guard Simmons have been the subjects of endless questions about their chemistry, with repeated claims that the pair cannot play together for Philadelphia due to contrasting styles.
Reports have also claimed the 76ers could deal one of the players in pursuit of a title, with big man Embiid apparently seen as the most likely to be moved on should Philadelphia explore a trade.
But Brown believes Embiid and Simmons can lead the 76ers – who have not won the NBA since 1983 – to glory.
"I personally am convinced those two are going to win a championship at some point in their career and that they, for sure, can coexist," Brown told reporters on Monday.
"The myth is that they can't. I think that is so abused and not articulated the way I see it."
They're letting y'all know. pic.twitter.com/NrbGjz0NGS— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 3, 2020
Brown, speaking ahead of Tuesday's clash against the Los Angeles Lakers, added: "We played an exciting style and they coexisted just fine.
"It always goes down to surrounding cast and style of play and willingness to coexist and the acknowledgement they need each other. They need each other."
"Do your homework and look at pairings that have won and when they win. You aren't going to see many that are 23 and 26," he continued. "Sometimes it takes a little bit of time.
"These guys are actually in a position where they can do some really special things. How do we surround them with the resources to be able to do that?"
Embiid is averaging 23.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game for the 76ers this season, while Simmons is averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds.
The 76ers are sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 37-24 record, behind the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks (52-9), Toronto Raptors (42-18), Boston Celtics (41-18), Miami Heat (39-22) and Indiana Pacers (37-24).Published 03 Mar 2020, 10:28 IST