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Doug Gottlieb Questions Joel Embiid’s Competitive Drive

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Philadelphia 76ers MVP candidate Joel Embiid took the night off (calf) against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets last night and Doug is among a number of fans wondering about Embiid’s dedication to being the best player in the NBA. This was an opportunity to cement himself as the MVP and yet he was unable to suck it up and get out on the court. Either he’s not interested in the MVP award or he lacks the innate desire for greatness. Either way, Doug isn’t blaming anyone who votes for Jokic instead.

Doug Gottlieb: “I don’t blame anybody, not a single human being, if you don’t want to vote for (Joel) Embiid because he didn’t play in a made for television, made for the internet sort of event against Nikola Jokic...Where is your competitive drive if you’re not going to play in that game?”