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Phrasing! Paul Pierce awkwardly articulates take on Joel Embiid (vid)

Paul Pierce wants to see more out of Joel Embiid this upcoming season. Given this will be an extremely pivotal season for the rising Philadelphia 76ers superstar, that’s a perfectly acceptable sports take. It’s just how Pierce, in his new role of NBA analyst for ESPN, phrased the sentiment on Thursday night.

Embiid — much to is chagrin it’s worth noting — is playing on a minutes restriction set by Sixers to start off the season after undergoing surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Due to the injury setback, the 23-year-old was limited to only 31 games last season. But Embiid’s abbreviated 2016-17 campaign provided a tantalizing tease of his potential, and now Pierce wants … more.

“We’re just getting the taste of him,” Pierce said of Embiid, via Dime Mag. “I’m like, ‘You know, I’m tired of getting the taste of him; I want the whole load.’”

Oof. Perhaps it’s best to just leave that one alone. Sweet sassy molassey.