Joel Embiid Says LeBron and Cavs “Going Down” Next Year (Tweets)

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The Philadelphia 76ers sent Joel “The Process” Embiid to be their representative at the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. And after the Sixers came away with the third overall pick, he was feeling pretty confident about his team’s chances next year. In fact, he may have been feeling a little too confident.

“We’re gearing up at the right time. When we start getting good, that’s when Cleveland and LeBron will start going down,” Embiid told Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Enquirer.

Embiid then made sure everyone knew what kind of timeframe he’s talking about.

“When I say we are going to be ready to win when the Cavs are going down, that doesn’t mean, like, five years. Next year I think we are going to be ready to win.”

Now look, yes, the Philadelphia 76ers could become a very good team in the relatively near future. Embiid looked like a future superstar in limited action this past season, and he’ll soon by joined on the court by 2016 number one pick Ben Simmons, plus whoever the Sixers take this year. Things are looking up.

But next year? No. No I don’t think so.

For starters, Embiid can’t even stay healthy. After missing two whole seasons with a broken foot, Emiid played just 31 games in 2016-17, then he tore the meniscus in his knee and missed the rest of the season. Before he starts thinking about deep playoff runs he needs to prove he can last more than half a season.

As for LeBron and the Cavs, it really doesn’t look like their reign as Eastern Conference champs is going to end any time soon. LeBron and company beat one of the best regular season teams of all time in the Finals last year, and they are 8-0 so far this spring.

So no, the Sixers probably won’t challenge LeBron next year. But you have to admire Embiid for dreaming big.

Hat Tip – [FTW]

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