Skip to main content

Joel Embiid slams the media for creating a story that he blamed Ben Simmons for the Game 7 loss

Embiid blames the media for pinning Ben Simmons as the main reason for the Game 7 loss against the Atlanta Hawks.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons is helped up by center Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid

For the record, Joel Embiid didn’t blame Ben Simmons for their Game 7 loss against the Atlanta Hawks last season. Instead, in a relatively late attempt to clear his name, Jojo blamed the media for creating and presenting that narrative.

Joel Embiid clears his name

Embiid guested on Draymond Green’s podcast, and they talked about a lot of stuff, including the controversial statements Embiid said after the Game 7 loss against the Atlanta Hawks last season. To remind you, Joel was asked what he thought was the game's turning point in the postgame interview, and he mentioned many things without naming anyone.

I'll be honest. I thought the turning point was when we--I don't how to say it--but I thought the turning point was just, we had an open shot and we made one free throw, and we missed the other, and they came down and scored, and we didn't get a good possession on the other end, and Trae came back in and made a 3. Then, down 4, then, it's on me, I turned the ball over when I tried to make something happen on the perimeter. But, uh, I thought that was the turning point.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The media ran the angle that Embiid blamed his teammate for passing a wide-open shot. But, as mentioned by Jojo, it was one of the main things that led to their loss, but not the only one.

The Philadelphia 76ers center blamed the media for sensationalizing his statements which probably drove a wedge into Ben and Joel’s relationship, leading to a fallout and trade request. From Embiid's point of view, he talked about a lot of things that went wrong in his post-game comments, but the media focused on one thing - Ben's missed dunk. 

“I’m not gonna hold myself just because I gotta make people feel better, and I feel like I didn’t hurt anybody’s feelings. I mentioned, obviously the passed-up dunk..I didn’t even mention that! I said we missed an opportunity and then I actually called out Matisse for missing the free throw. I didn’t call him by name. I was like, ‘We missed a free throw’ and then I called out a bunch of events that happened after. I mentioned a bunch of other events when we made mistakes. I mentioned myself but the media’s gonna be the media.

Joel Embiid, ‘The Draymond Green Show’

How miscommunication could have been avoided

It's very difficult for players to control their emotions after a heartbreaking loss, so in hindsight, Embiid probably could have said things more diplomatically. But what he said at that time was raw and pure. Had Ben Simmons dunked that possession, the game could have ended differently. Jojo also received criticism from the media for seemingly blaming his teammate.

It was a simple issue that could have been resolved had Embiid and Simmons acted like mature adults and sorted things privately. Instead, they let the media and fans have their say on the issue. In the end, things happened for a reason. From the fans' perspective, it’s a waste that the 76ers lineup with Embiid and Simmons failed to win anything. They were primed for a deep playoff run, but some things are not meant to be.


"Between practices I had to get tutoring in a separate room" - Dirk Nowitzki used to bring a tutor with him while traveling with Germany's junior national team

Dirk Nowitzki revealed that he had to bring a private tutor with him during his days with Germany's junior national team as he had to play and study at the same time.

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

"Are you willing to come back and be a coachable player?"-How Phil Jackson talked to Kobe Bryant before they reunited in 2006

The time Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson spent apart from each other made them realize that they needed each other to accomplish their goals.

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky outearns several NBA players

Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky is closer to making a million each year than some NBA players on minimum contracts.


“I know he’s a great locker room guy!”- Ben Wallace believes Darvin Ham will do great things with the Lakers

Darvin Ham and Ben Wallace won a title together and their bond will forever remain tight.

Reggie Miller doing the choke sign

Reggie Miller on talking to New York Knicks fans: 'They love to come up and do the choke sign. They think it’s so cool'

Reggie Miller said most Knicks fans still hate him and they let him know about it by doing doing his iconic choke taunt in 1995.

Michael Jordan more popular than Al Gore, Chelsea Clinton: Sesame Street poll

"I couldn’t do anything!" - Michael Jordan once named the only player he couldn't dominate

Michael Jordan loved the competition and he often dominated his rivals. But shockingly, he wasn't able to do so against one player.

The first time Larry Bird and Magic Johnson matched up in the NBA

Larry Bird pointed out his similarities with Magic Johnson: 'We were winners, there was no question about that'

Larry Bird talked about what he thinks were his similarities with his ultimate rival Magic Johnson.