Joel Embiid: NBA London a ‘great opportunity’ for the Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid has shared his thoughts on playing basketball in London – and is keen to put on a show at the O2 Arena against the Boston Celtics.

Both the 76ers and Celtics arrived in the UK ahead of the game over the past few days, with each set of players holding open training sessions.

And with Philadelphia preparing for a testing encounter with one of the leading sides in the league, Embiid is looking forward to taking to the floor.

“I’m excited, it’s a chance for me to show the crowd my skills, to show the whole world what I can do. So I’m excited.” he said.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to promote the game of basketball overseas.

“I think it’s great especially as I come from outside of the states and I feel that people feel more connected with you because I’m an international.

“I love putting on a show but we are just going to go with the flow and see how it goes and whatever goes my way I will feed off.”

The 23-year-old has been one of the most impactful players for the 76ers this season, with Al Horford and Aron Baynes the men tasked with slowing him down.

Embiid knows that he’ll need to be wary of their defensive skills, as well as focusing on being patient when keeping an eye out for his chance to score the ball.

“They have people my size. [Aron] Baynes is a big man, they’ve got [Al] Horford too, so they do have people my size.” he said.

“They’re going to choose when to double team and when not to, so it is on me to figure out when the double team is coming and I’ve just to be patient.

The Philadelphia 76ers host the Boston Celtics at The O2 in London on Jan. 11 as part of NBA London Game 2018. The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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