Takeaways From Daryl Morey’s Introductory Press Conference
Monday afternoon the Sixers held a press conference to officially announce the hiring of Daryl Morey. He would be joined by Elton Brand, Doc Rivers, and Josh Harris who all would speak.
After some opening statements, the panel would take questions from the media regarding multiple topics. Here are some of the major takeaways from what Morey and the others had to say.
Arguably the biggest takeaway was Morey's high praise for Joel Embiid. When the All-Star center was brought up, Morey did not hide his excitement to work with him.
Joel is a dominant dominant big man, I'm excited to get back to that. We got very close with Yao Ming in Houston, and I think we can go all the way with Joel.
Last year Morey changed the landscape of basketball with his small-ball experiment in Houston. Many thought that he would bring that same style of a faster pace and emphasis on three-point shooting to Philadelphia, but that might not exactly be the case.
The best way to win in the NBA is to take your talent and utilize them the best.
When style of play was brought up, Morey seemed very open-minded as to how the Sixers will operate on the floor. He and Doc Rivers brought up that the goal is to maximize the talent the Sixers' have, not to try and force them into a specific kind of system.
The idea of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid being able to co-exist is something that has been in question for years now. When the franchise cornerstones were asked about, both Morey and Rivers seemed intent on keeping the young duo together.
I think we have to change the narrative to they haven't won yet, not that they can't win.
Morey would also go on to say that he is "excited to go on this journey" with both Embiid and Simmons. The primary focus seems to be surrounding the two of them with the talent to best utilize them.
Elton Brand's openness to change was another big takeaway from Monday's conference. When talking about his role moving forward, Brand seems focused on doing whatever he needs to do.
He would go on to say that he will accept whatever role he needs to moving forward, and he and Morey seem focused on working together. After past years where the structure of the front office was hazy, it is a great sign to see these two ready to work together to improve the Sixers.
There is a lot to look forward to surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers. Morey, Brand, and Rivers all seem to be on the same page and focused on the goal of delivering an NBA championship to the city of Philadelphia. It will be fascinating to see what the group can do for the team moving forward as they get more time to work with each other.