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Brett Brown: Joel Embiid ‘declares himself to be a man of the people’

Joel Embiid has been making the rounds and attracting attention in the City of Brotherly Love in unconventional ways in recent days. And to Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, the methods employed showcases how the 23-year-old budding superstar embraces an Everyman persona.

“He declares himself to be a man of the people,” Brown said of Embiid, via “I think that is true. He’s proud of that and I think he lives it.”

The entire city of Philadelphia is abuzz over Embiid’s antics over the past several days. On Sunday, Embiid was spotted playing tennis on a public court.

And then on Monday, a Lyft driver spotted Embiid taking a leisurely, late-night jog around Philadelphia when he began tracking the young superstar.

Embiid, who made serious inroads into recognizing his potential last season before minor arthroscopic surgery to address a meniscus tear in his left knee in March limited him to only 31 games. In an encouraging sign, Embiid’s rehab is going well and the prevailing belief is that Embiid is on course to be ready for the regular season.

It goes without saying that Philly sports fans have fully embraced Embiid, not only as a player but as an engaging personality poised to help revive the Sixers organization. One needn’t look any further about Embiid’s continued ascension to becoming a full-fledged Philly sports icon than how NBA on TNT posted a tweet in which Embiid is portrayed as none other than Rocky Balboa.

Trust the Process, indeed.

Embiid is without question among the most charismatic — not to mention talented — young players in the NBA. The case can be made Embiid is the exactly the kind playe the sports-crazed town of Philly rightfully deserves.