Within the wake of reportedly dropping the NBA MVP to Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic for a second consecutive season, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid stated he is “not mad” regardless of beforehand campaigning for the award and gave credit score to the various deserving candidates.
“Clearly congrats to Nikola, he deserved it, he had an incredible season,” stated Embiid following Philadelphia’s 120-85 loss the Miami Warmth in Sport 5 of their second-round collection on Tuesday. “There’s no right or flawed, there was quite a lot of candidates, it might have gone both approach. Giannis (Antetokounmpo), (Devin) Booker being on the very best group within the league by far.
Embiid was the primary centre to steer the league in scoring since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, averaging 30.6 factors per sport. The output was adequate to make him an MVP finalist together with Jokic and Antetokounmpo in what’s thought-about one of many closest MVP racesin current historical past. Jokic in the end reportedly received on account of his compelling case of main the Denver Nuggets to the post-season with out co-stars Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., and his traditionally environment friendly season — during which he led the league in most superior metrics.
Whether or not Embiid completed second or third, or how the total voting breaks down, is just not but recognized. Final season, he completed second in voting with 589 factors, however Jokic was the runaway winner with 971.
Regardless of being very accepting of the outcomes, Embiid took subject with how the media, which votes on the award, can sway the end result — whereas additionally noting he wasn’t positive what else he might do to win it, and that it was time for him to concentrate on profitable a championship.
“I suppose yearly it is all about no matter you guys resolve, no matter suits the narrative so far as who’s going to win,” he stated in his press convention.
“That is actually the one factor I will say about these awards. I am not mad, the final two years in a row I’ve put myself in that place, it did not occur. It is nearly like at this level, it is no matter, no matter occurs occurs.
“I do not know what else I’ve to do to win it. To me it is simply no matter, it is all about — not that I wasn’t specializing in the larger image, however it’s actually time to essentially put all my vitality into the larger image, which is to win the entire thing.”