76ers star Joel Embiid took to Twitter on Wednesday to emphasize his fiery desire this season.
“I’m trying to win a f***** title,” he wrote.
Embiid is hellbent on winning a ring after being left in tears when the 76ers suffered a buzzer-beating defeat to the eventual champion Raptors in last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals.
Recovering from a finger injury, Embiid — whose 76ers last won a championship in the 1982-83 season — wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “You know, we all came into this year talking about how bad we want a title. We’re pretty good at talking, myself included. But it’s not enough just to talk it. You gotta walk it. You gotta bring it every single night. And that includes me, too.
“Listen, I know it sucks that I’m out. Nobody feels worse than me about it. But it’s just a finger. It’s nothing. Compared to what I’ve been through, it’s nothing man.”
Embiid also wrote of his increased focus this season, claiming he’s done with any and all funny business. He did, however, get into a brawl with Timberwolves’ Karl Anthony Towns earlier in the year and then continued the conflict over social media. So, it remains to be seen how different he will be down the stretch.
“I’m done with the trash talking and the memes and all that,” Embiid wrote. “Once I’m holding that trophy in my hands, maybe I’ll be back to my charming self.”