Philadelphia 76ers fans had to wait for Joel Embiid over the course of the last two seasons. The entire ordeal lasted 136 losses and numerous heartbreaks. But, on Thursday night, Embiid was finally announced to the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
Before the game, the former Jayhawk asked Sixers public address announcer Matt Cord to introduce him as “The Process.”
He didn’t get his wish but, for many fans of the struggling franchise, hearing “A 7-foot center from Kansas, No. 21, Joel Embiid” was all they have been wanting to hear.
Moments like the are a consolation prize for Philadelphia, who just lost Ben Simmons to a foot injury last week. There is hope for the team after a series of rough years in these two players and the introduction of Dario Saric.
The origins of the 22-year-old’s nickname comes from the rallying cry for the club under the tenure of Sam Hinkie as general manager.
Hinkie would preach patience to the fanbase and they obliged. Now, the tanking master is gone and his lasting contributions might be Embiid and Saric.
The general manager stepped down last season and the young center has been vocal in his continued support of the man that drafted him. He posted a photo of himself with the “fallen” manager on social media this summer.
New Sixers president Bryan Colangelo is trying to speed up the rebuilding process and distance the squad from the losing-centered culture that defined the last couple of years. This might explain the franchise’s hesitancy to outwardly embrace their young star’s new nickname.
Either way, the Joel Embiid era in Philadelphia is off and running. He looked great in his debut against the Celtics this preseason. If he can keep up the strong play, then “The Process” will be little more than a memory.