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Joel Embiid’s deal protects 76ers in case of contractually specific injury

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid’s five-year, $146.5 million maximum extension is essentially guaranteed but protects the franchise financially should Embiid suffer a contractually specific catastrophic injury, league sources told ESPN.

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale questioned James Harden’s leadership skills, saying leading a team is not part of the All-Star guard’s personality. McHale also said newly Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys acquired Chris Paul will make Harden a better player.

McHale, who coached Harden for three-plus seasons in Houston, made the comments as part of an NBA TV panel discussion about the Rockets, praising the franchise’s offseason acquisition of Chris Paul in part because of his leadership ability.

“James can see all the passes and do everything, but James is not a leader,” McHale said. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing all that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to Cheap Baseball Jerseys China help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.

“On every team, you have to have a voice. On every team, you have to have somebody that when they say something, people listen. Like if James tells you, ‘You’ve got to play better D,’ are you going to listen to him? I lived through it. Believe me, everybody in the locker room did this [put their head down with their hand on their forehead].’ Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down.”

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