Atlantic Notes: Embiid, Kanter, Robinson, Musa

Sixers center Joel Embiid is joining forces with team managing partner Josh Harris and co-managing partner David Blitzer on a $1.3MM contribution to fund testing for 1,000 health care workers in the Philadelphia region, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports. The donation has been confirmed in a team press release.

Embiid said he learned that “testing for COVID-19 antibodies has the chance to let health care workers know if they are immune to the virus.” The big man notes that the workers who have immunity can work in “risky environments” and donate blood to help patients recover. Embiid’s partnership with team ownership should quell speculation that he has a fractious relationship with the organization which could eventually lead to his departure.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Celtics center Enes Kanter remains hopeful that the remainder of the season, or at least the playoffs, can be played, The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach writes. “We are competitors man, so we want to go out there and finish the season,’‘ Kanter said on Zoom. “Especially, like, it’s crazy — we actually have a really good chance to go out there and win a championship.”
  • Knicks center Mitchell Robinson might have the league’s most team-friendly contract, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. The big man has a $1.66MM salary for next season with a $1.8MM team option for 2021/22, Berman notes. The Knicks’ net rating improves by 5.3 points per 100 possessions with Robinson on the court, Berman adds.
  • The Nets’ European players — Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot — have been separated from their families indefinitely during the coronavirus pandemic, Brian Lewis of the New York Post notes. Travel restrictions prevent them from reuniting with their families. “They are coping, and their families are coping with this. But that’s really difficult,” Nets GM Sean Marks said. “Their families are completely separated. They’re not in the same time zone, they’re in completely different countries, and obviously there is a travel ban in place.”
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9 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Embiid, Kanter, Robinson, Musa

  1. phenomenalajs

    I would think Marks would understand, too. Isn’t his family in Australia?

  2. x%sure

    So they are testing for covid19 antibodies, not covid19. Kind of a big difference, testing for immunity to the disease not the disease. It appears Embiid (and HR) understands this difference and at least one way it can benefit. Progress in public print!– outside of technical articals.

    Now… Can antibodies transfer, person to person, in a natural way, exhalation to inhalation, like the coronavirus.

      • x%sure

        Source for antibodies cannot?
        (There are other small immune-system helper cells called cytokins, which are expelled in exhalation. Of course lets wait until now to ramp up studies, scientists.)

      • El Don

        Indeed, the NBA need many more guys like Embiid, he is a man of the people, unlike some rich spoiled American sports stars that had all handed down to them their entire life, Embiid coming from Cameroon knows about poverty & famine! Class Act, I am sooo very glad to be able to say that I have seen him play a game life! Dude rocks!

  3. Simmons>Russ

    I think most team friendly deal has to go to Lou Williams who has been a sixth man over and over and over again. Dude is a fringe all star getting 7 mil

  4. @nbabrothers

    I dont understand this statement:
    “ Embiid’s partnership with team ownership should quell speculation that he has a fractious relationship with the organization which could eventually lead to his departure.“

    Can someone explain how his donation can lead to his departure?

    • Luke Adams

      After the Sixers’ owners considered cutting employees’ salaries last week, Embiid volunteered to pay them himself. There was a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer suggesting that was the latest example of tension between Embiid and the ownership.

      The sentence you’re quoting is saying that this new joint venture between Embiid and ownership should help quiet speculation that they’re not on good terms.

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