BY DAVID THORPE
This crazy NBA season has had no shortage of storylines: The rolling Ben Simmons drama, the Warriors’ return to glory, Nikola Jokic affirming his place as the world’s best player.
2022 brings another story: Joel Embiid on another level. On offense, the word that comes to mind when watching him is joke. As in, it’s a joke to see a man that large and powerful be so nimble and skilled. Orlando Magic-era Shaquille O’Neal had an obviously breathtaking combination of size and agility, and a subtler factor locked away in his mind. He played the merry old giant who would one day be a beloved and silly studio host. But in reality he tried to destroy anyone near him in the paint, and the rim too. I call it a “disposition to dominate.” 2022 Joel Embiid has Shaq’s mindset, with…
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