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Joel Embiid denies he weighs 300 pounds


How much does 76ers center Joel Embiid weigh?

One report, citing an anonymous source, said Embiid – whom Kansas listed at 250 pounds last season – was up to 300 pounds.

Embiid, via Dei Lynam of CSN Philly:

“I don’t weigh that,” Embiid said.

A team source backed him up, stating that 275 pounds has been the maximum weight for the 7-footer whom the Sixers selected with the third overall pick in last year’s draft.

As Embiid – the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft – sits out the season with a foot injury, it should be expected he puts on weight. He just can’t condition like he’s accustomed to doing.

Obviously, the more weight he adds, the more troubling. Not only would that put him further from getting into game shape, it could signal an issue with his work ethic.

But, from the outside, it’s impossible to pick sides in this squabble. Without getting Embiid on a scale, we have no idea how much he weighs. It’s nearly as difficult to judge the the motivations of these anonymous sources.

Whatever Embiid weighs now, it matters much more what he weighs when training camp opens next fall. If his weight is or has been a problem in Philadelphia, he has a lot of time to correct it and put this issue behind him.

Sixers questioning Joel Embiid’s conditioning, maturity after sending him home from recent West Coast trip

2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

The Sixers selected Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, knowing full well that he would be unable to contribute during the upcoming season.

Philadelphia is in a very public rebuilding situation, one that they feel requires them to add pieces to the roster that will be long-term solutions, even if in the short-term, that means piling up the losses.

That could work out just fine, provided the scouting is on point, and provided that the players they select are committed to developing their skill sets as professionals.

But it appears as though that last part has been lacking with Embiid. The team is seeing him struggle with his weight, and his maturity and work ethic are being called into question.

From Keith Pompey of Philly.com:

Embiid has a weight issue. Although the Sixers wouldn’t disclose his weight, a source said he’s close to 300 pounds after being 250 pounds at Kansas last season.

His work ethic is being questioned by some inside the organization.

And a blowup with assistant strength and conditioning coach James Davis is one of the reasons he was sent home during the team’s recent West Coast road trip. …

The Sixers are trying to address the added weight. Embiid, however, hasn’t always been a willing workout participant, according to sources. He’s even blown off conditioning drills, one source added.

An altercation with Davis during the West Coast trip, coupled with Brown’s wanting him to be in “more of a structured, stable environment,” pushed the Sixers to send him home, the sources said.

Embiid is very young, and there’s still plenty of time for him to turn things around. Between not being able to play due to a foot injury and the passing of his brother earlier this year, that’s a lot for a 20-year old to deal with in his first season where he’s expected to act like a professional.

It’s far too early to condemn Embiid as a player or a person for what likely will amount to nothing more than growing pains. But on the flip side, this could be a bit of a cautionary tale for teams like the Sixers, who draft players that are coming off of major injuries in hopes that they’ll one day pan out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo guarantees win over Knicks in London, says they should sign his brother

2014 NBA Draft

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been busy doing awesome things this season.

Meanwhile, his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo – drafted No. 51 by the Knicks – is playing for their D-League affiliate for $25,500 (or less). Thanasis turned down a more lucrative European offer and the Knicks’ required tender (the deal K.J. McDaniels took with the 76ers) to help the Knicks.

Who knows what promises Thanasis made New York in the pre-draft process, but the Knicks are doing him no favors now. After clearing roster space by trading Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith and waiving Samuel Dalembert, New York has signed Langston Galloway, Lou Amundson and Lance Thomas – rather than Thanasis – to 10-day contracts.

Giannis, whose Bucks play the Knicks at 3 p.m. ET in London today, had a message for the Knicks about his brother.

Giannis, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“He’s ready,’’ Antetokounmpo said at the Bucks’ practice Wednesday at O2 Arena. “I don’t think the Knicks have to lose anything. They lose 15 [straight] now. Tomorrow is going to be 16. They don’t have anything to lose. My brother could bring energy to the team and [is] hard-working, and guys from the team can see that and take something from him.’’

Thanasis would make $29,843 – more than his D-League salary for the entire season – on a 10-day contract. He’d also get a year of service, which positions him to earn more in future seasons.

But that’s part of the reason the Knicks have yet to sign him. They have Thanasis’ rights, and if they sign him this season, that would allow him to become a free agent sooner.

If Thanasis promised the Knicks he’d play in the D-League this year, that’s on him. He probably should have made that conditional on the Knicks not tanking the season and clearing three roster spots in January, but if he didn’t, it’s too late now.

This should be a lesson to any second rounders who agree not to take the required tender. They limit their salary and options for a team that isn’t necessarily rushing to pay them back.

Also, I love Giannis’ swagger.