Embiid: “If I am not the rookie of the year, I know Dario will get it”

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Aris Barkas

17/Feb/17 13:36


Joel Embiid told ESPN Radio on Thursday that winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award would represent a huge step for him, or else Croatian Dario Saric should get it.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Embiid acknowledged that games played is likely to be a factor in his Rookie of the Year candidacy but expressed confidence that teammate Dario Saric would likely win “that trophy” if Embiid is ultimately bypassed by voters.

“I know my teammate, Dario, he’s been playing great lately,” Embiid said. “So If I don’t win, I know it’s going to stay on the team.”

Embiid who is injured again spend the first two season of his NBA career hurt and he didn’t hide his feelings: “I was such in a dark place, I wanted to quit basketball. I just wanted to go back home and just leave everything behind. But, you know, coming into [this] season, one thing I thought was just, ‘Come and have fun.’ It’s all about having fun. So all the dark days that I had back then, for me now, I think it’s my time to have fun.”