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Doc Rivers, Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, alleges NBA Pressured Joel Embiid to Participate in All-Star Game

Know why the NBA pressured Joel Embiid to play in the 2024 All-Star game as per 76ers coach, Doc Rivers.

Joel Embiid was forced to play in the 2022-23 NBA All-Star Game, according to the claim made by Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers. Game. Embiid had apparently informed Rivers just the night before the game that he wouldn’t be playing in the All-Stars. It was due to his foot injury and the fact that he was the only one named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference.

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Joel Embiid

Regardless of  Embiid’s outstanding performance this season, while averaging 33.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game which is second and ninth in the entire league. He was only named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference. His teammate James Harden was also overlooked, which is likely what made him upset and wanting to completely skip the All-Star game. Also Read: Klay Thompson hits 42 points to lead the Warriors to a 116-101 victory over the Rockets

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However, the league allegedly refused to let Embiid skip the game, likely due to declining ratings caused by injuries to key players such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry. Rivers revealed the news during an interview on “The John Kincade Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic.

“He wasn’t even gonna go, and then he had to go, basically, because they told him ‘you have to be here.’ I mean, he didn’t want to play,” Rivers said for Embiid’s hesitation to participating in the All-Star Game.

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Joel Embiid

Embiid eventually had to play in the game, scoring 32 points with seven assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. While his foot held up fine, Embiid’s presence on the court likely didn’t significantly impact the game’s overall ratings. Though it did bring his fans the joy of watching him on the court among all the top players of the league. Also Read: <strong>Milwaukee Bucks 13th straight match win sets new season record, surpassing the Nets streak</strong>

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This situation has certainly raised some questions about the NBA’s priorities and treatment of players as it is not always about the organization’s image and reputation. Embiid has been on the 76ers injury list throughout this NBA season along with his other teammates. And it seems odd that the league would force him to play, and that too in a game that has little to no impact on the team’s standings. 

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Adam Silver

Overall, Rivers’ allegations paint a bad look for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league. Although this incident has sparked debate among fans and analysts about the NBA’s treatment of its players. It is also necessary to prioritize and keep the health and well-being of the players in check. Also Read: Anthony Davis Net Worth 2024, salary, Endorsements, Cars, Houses, Properties, Etc.

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