Philadelphia 76ers begin season at No. 20 in ESPN NBA Power Rankings
00:36, Oct 18, 2017
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Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters he hadn't put a number on the minutes he expected his 23-year-old center to play in the opener against the Wizards, but figured it would be "somewhere like in the teens".
But Embiid, who signed a five-year, $146.5 million extension last week, said he will lobby to play more minutes. They've been extremely cautious with Embiid since he's been drafted and the goal is to build him into a guy that can continually go out and play 30+ minutes per game and 65+ games a year. As for how the Sixers now stand in ESPN'sNBA Power Rankings, let's just say they have to work their way up after starting off the new season at No. 20. The only teams with more players ranked inside the top 100 were the Spurs and Rockets, who each had six.
He said he was excited about the season, before saying, "I hope they don't have me on a minutes restriction". "I didn't know about that".
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"I wish I was playing more minutes", Embiid said, a day before tip off at the Sixers' opening game in Washington, on ESPN Wednesday night.
And more from Embiid after he was informed about Brown's comments. He played 15 in two preseason games this season. "Definitely going to have my opinion on that, and they're going to hear me". "I think I'm ready for more than, I don't know whatever number they have". "That's very disappointing, I feel great and hopefully that changes based on today's practice and tomorrow's practice". "We're going to discuss it, but at the same time I trust them, I trust the doctors, and even if I feel good, they have a plan behind it".
"That's [expletive] [expletive]. I wish I was playing more minutes".
Wednesday's opener on the road against the Wizards will be a good test to see where the Sixers now stand when considering John Wall and company finished with the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference last season.
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