Jimmy Butler praises Joel Embiid but blames the 76ers after removing the former team. ‘Tobias Harris is better than me?’

After the Miami Heat were released from the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, Jimmy Butler said he still wants him to team up with Joel Embiid. In Butler’s close interview, ESPN’s Jorge Sedano asked what he said to Embiid after the buzzer sounded.

“I love him,” Butler said. “I’m proud of him. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I still wish I was on the team. But I really love the Miami Heat and I love Joel Embiid.”

Embiid made it clear that his feelings were reciprocal during a press conference after losing 99-90 in Game 6.

“Obviously he’s mine and he’s my little brother,” Embiid said. “I mean, it’s tough. But I am very proud of him. He’s playing on an unrealistic level right now. He is a different person now. And I’m proud that he’s at this level, carries it, and what he’s done. you can do it.”

Embiid had this to say about Butler after hitting the ball on Heat, the coaching staff and the front office: I don’t know how we let him go. But he wished he could keep fighting him. But that’s the reality. He has to keep working and working hard to achieve his goals.”

Butler has been praised for Embiid, but has had a few complaints about his former team. After leaving the court at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Butler wanted to remind the 76ers about their 2019 personnel decisions. The video captured Butler shouting “Tobias Harris over me?” When he entered the hit locker room.

Butler and Embiid have been teammates for less than a season, and the Sixers iterations have been better since then. May 12, 2019 Exactly three years before the Heat were eliminated in Game 6 of Round 2, on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Kawhi Leonard lost Game 7 with the legendary 4-bounce buzzer.

The team, which consists of five starting players including Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick, Butler, Harris, and Embiid, played only 161 minutes in 10 regular season games, but scored overwhelmingly with 121.9 points per 100 possession and 102.5 points per 100 potions when attacking. recorded defense. They had a better lead in the playoffs 173 minutes, but that was all. In the 2019 offseason, Butler headed to Miami on a sign-and-trade and the Sixers signed Al Horford as a free agent.

Butler and Embiid were thieves in their brief time together, and their team got close enough to literally defeat the ultimate champion. At 204 minutes, they shared the court in that seven-game series and the Sixers overpowered the Raptors with 76 points, or 18.3 points per 100 possession.

So why did Butler eventually leave? From The Bleacher Report’s 2020 Story, Yaron Weitzman reported that Philadelphia was concerned that Butler continued to clash with then-coach Brett Brown and that his presence complicates Simmons. role in the halfcourt. Philadelphia were attracted to Horford because they can reliably defend Giannis Antetokounmpo and start central whenever Embiid misses a game.

In Game 6 against the Raptors, Butler averaged 25 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, while Simmons averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The Sixers won the game and it was Simmons’ best all-round game in the series. ESPN’s Zach Lowe then asked Simmons about spending more time off the ball at the dunkers.

“I’m not in the dunkers [my role] Absolutely not.” Simmons tells Lowe. “I’m more precious than that.” Simmons has played there before and added, “I did more plays there tonight.”

As I wrote for Fox Sports last summer, Weitzman Report Simmons was frustrated when Butler essentially became a point guard, and management feared that if this continued, Simmons, who played a role in Philadelphia’s decision not to stay in the Butler business, would not handle it well. Late September, after someone “Knows Simmons’ Prospects” To Sam Amick of The Athletic Simmons believed the partnership with Embiid “got the course”. Backed up previous reports. Regarding Butler’s departure, he disagreed with the decision of the front office at the time, and he still does.

“I was a little surprised by what he said,” Embiid said. “Going back to why we signed Al. We got rid of Jimmy, who we still think was a mistake. But he needed the ball in his hand and that was the decision they made.”

Philadelphia signed Harris on a five-year, $180 million contract the same summer they lost Butler and Reddick.

Here’s a very long list of the Sixers six years after Embiid debuted in the NBA. Even if they didn’t send Simmons to Brooklyn for James Harden after the trade request, and even if they didn’t lose to Butler’s team in the playoffs a few months later, if they didn’t make it to the conference finals once again, the question, “What if they kept Butler?” It should be near the top.

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