Embiid’s role, getting Harris going, and some more from today’s practice

Doc Rivers took the camera and answered questions today after practice. After crediting Pat Riley for being the guy to get him into coaching, saying he thought coaches crazy, but because of Riley he ended up a coach. Also said coaches are still crazy.

Getting back to the court Doc spoke about not wanted to limit the star big man Joel Embiid to only one spot. He isn’t going to look for Joel to limit his amount of shots, or force him into the post citing that there are big benefits of having Joel all over the floor. Rivers continued to say, “you allow him [Embiid} to offensive”, meaning he won’t limit where or how Joel plays. Rivers’ said he isn’t here to tell players where they can and can’t shoot from, but he is here to teach them where their shots are.

“you allow him [Embiid] to be offensive”

Doc Rivers on where he wants Joel to play most on offense

Seth Curry was asked about the half-court offense and if that is the hardest thing to get going. Curry acknowledged it may be the hardest thing for teams to really master, but the players are still learning each other’s tendencies, and it will come together when guys start knowing each other off instinct rather than overthinking. Even in a struggling half-court offense, Curry pointed to the first game with Joel, and the success they had run a pick and roll together. Seth said the goal is to get in the lane off the pick and make plays for Joel.

Seth Curry post practice December 21, 2020

Rivers was asked about Tobias Harris, who played for Doc before being traded to the 76ers, and what he wants to see from the veteran wing. Rivers said Tobias needs to get back to making quick decisions and quick shots. Doc said he loves Tobias and they’ll get him back to that, and it was clear Harris has been doing something different recently. Rivers has said in the past he wants to get Harris into unconventional pick and rolls, citing that Tobias is a mismatch most of the time because he is a faster four and a bigger three, and can play both, allowing them to create offensive advantages.

As for Harris, he was asked about just that, if he is more comfortable playing the three or the four? Tobias said that it is “no big deal”, he is fine at either position in Doc’s system, said outside the one and the five everyone is pretty much interchangeable. Ultimately, Tobias said the team is still trying to figure it out, and increase their pace, and finding their balance, all three should play well into Tobias getting into a rhythm and getting back to the player he was in LA. As for what he needs to do to make quicker decisions? Harris said he just needs to make quicker decisions (shout out Austin Krell).

Tobias Harris post practice December 21, 2020

The new-look 76ers led by new head coach Doc Rivers head into the Daryl Morey era of basketball this coming Wednesday when they take on the Washington Wizards and newly acquired Russel Westbrook at home at 7 pm. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Philadelphia and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.

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