Atlantic Notes: Morey, Embiid, Raptors, Griffin, Harden

Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has been blown away by Joel Embiid‘s talent, comparing him favorably to former Most Valuable Player James Harden. In an interview with Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated, Morey lavished praise on his MVP candidate. “I get in trouble when I say stuff like this but he’s the most unstoppable thing I’ve ever seen,” he said. “And I’ve seen a lot. You know who I’ve seen. But I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Morey also admits he’s irritated by the Nets’ collection of stars. “I mean, it’s annoying,” he said. “I would rather have all the good players in the West. So that’s probably annoying. But you know, everything else will get me fined, I think.”

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • The Raptors will allow up to 3,500 fans at Tampa’s Amalie Arena beginning on March 19, according to a team press release. Toronto begins its post-All-Star break schedule at home against Atlanta on Thursday, then heads out for a three-game road swing. The Raptors, who have 18 home games remaining after Thursday’s contest, began the season allowing fans in Amalie Arena, but closed their doors in early January following an increase in coronavirus cases in the area.
  • James Harden is sure that the Nets’ latest addition, Blake Griffin, will be highly motivated to win a ring, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype tweets. Harden noted that Griffin gave back $13.3MM to the Pistons in his buyout. “I’m sure he wants to win. If he’s passed up on money to stay in Detroit, he wants to win, and he wants to have an opportunity to play meaningful minutes. I’m assuming that’s one of the reasons why he came.” Harden also believes Griffin can contribute with his improved ball-handling and 3-point shooting in recent seasons, Scotto relays in another tweet.
  • Griffin’s play-making from the power forward position gives the Nets a new dimension, according to Alex Schiffer of The Athletic. Schiffer breaks down all of Griffin’s assists this season to demonstrate how he could help in that aspect.
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5 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Morey, Embiid, Raptors, Griffin, Harden

  1. Curtisrowe

    There isn’t enough weed in the world to make an article that breaks down all Blake Griffin’s assists interesting.

  2. buttholesurfer69

    Can we get another article breaking down all of Blake’s postups too?

    • "Stons" Fan

      How about blocks, offensive rebounds, and dunks in a Pistons uniform. That would be a much quicker watch. All of 30 seconds of breakdown.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Griff makes Nets D worse ……
    So he gave up 13 mill. Means he collected 38 mill. Plus what Nets give him (minimum).
    Still holding out hope for Dinwiddie …….
    Sixers or Bucks should be looking at Ellington ……

  4. El Don

    Morey knows his stuff right there!
    Embiid is just simply unstoppable, guards are easy to stop, like Zaza said Curry is easy to stop without another star with him…
    But a dominant center like Embiid, no way you can stop them & that shows in that he is shooting 12 FT’s per game, at a very good clip as well!
    Embiid is just sooo deserving of the MVP for his play, but sadly this year the MVP award from day one has been already Jokic’s, the most clear & easy winner of it in decades, I mean it hasn’t even been a discussion, is just sooo overwhelmingly dominant & better than anyone else this year, right?

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