"It was a lot different, but it was exciting. I really enjoyed it - playing here. You know, I don't think it was really a home game - I thought it was about fifty-fifty with the fans. [...] I think it was a great event [for the] NBA. We had a lot of fun coming out here. Obviously, it wasn't the result we wanted, but now we go back to the States and try and get better."
Well, it's definitely something of an understatement to say you didn't plan on losing - but kudos to you for taking it like a professional nonetheless. I think Ben's vision ought to be tested for color-blindness (or perhaps, mine? Let me know in the comments if I'm wrong here), as at least on my screen, the ratio was probably closer to a 70/30 split, and that's being generous, I think.
New @GMS_NBA, @NBAUK - Part nine of 11 of the #NBALondon preview. This one's not really about London, but about strategy, my favourite topic.
Philadelphia 76ers - 'The Process', the rationale, the reality of diminishing returns, and the future.https://t.co/hbXyLXFovp
"As an international player yourself, do you appreciate the opportunity to showcase the Process overseas, away from America?"
Knowing Josh, I'm sure he didn't mean this as a slight, but rather an earnest question. The fact remains, though, that despite the fact it has certainly produced a number of potential future All-Stars, it's produced almost as many duds, and a half-decade on the rebuild showed the team still has loads of work to do in terms of its bench - and even keeping its successful draftees on the court. Still, Embiid took the question in stride:
"Yeah, definitely. Especially [because] I'm not from America, I'm international, so for me to come here, you know, I appreciate this type of moment. I'm really pissed at myself that I didn't have a good game and that I didn't get the win while I was here, but I really want to come back to change that, but I feel like that's a good opportunity, and the past couple of days that I have been here, I had a lot of fun. I'll share this summer - I loved it. So I hope in the future, we get an opportunity to come back for another game, [...] to have a better one and win the game."
It would, in my opinion, be a lot of fun to do this again next season (though, as I have mentioned, the preseason should be shortened further, replaced with overseas exhibition games and a regular-season match or two in Europe, Mexico, Australia, China, and other locations the league is seeking to raise the sport's profile).