Former Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick recently invited Tobias Harris on his podcast to discuss Joel Embiid’s MVP bid.
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris appeared on the latest episode of former Sixers guard JJ Redick’s podcast on Wednesday, leading to speculation that the two former teammates could be reunited on the field.
Harris, along with ESPN NFL analyst Mina Kimes, was a guest on the 49ers’ show Old Man and Three, with Tommy Alter and Redick as co-hosts. Alter is a producer, writer, podcast host and co-founder of ThreeFourTwo Productions.
The podcast started last August outside the NBA bubble.
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Although the duo only played 27 games in one season in Philadelphia in 2019, they apparently stayed in touch. Harris, who is eight years younger than Redick, spent 40 minutes discussing topics such as the gender disparity in the NCAA, his disappointment at not making it to the NBA All-Star Game and whether Joel Embiid can still be MVP given his current injury.
Episode 49. Live with our friend @tobias31 on the vision of fear. Full video/audio on all platforms. @jj_redick @talter https://t.co/icX4cUxBHF pic.twitter.com/Af0NUWBf3M
– EldManAndThree (@OldManAndThree) 24. March 2021
Embiid played in the last six games since his injury on the 12th. March injured his knee.
Redick spent all of last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and played in 31 games this year under Stan Van Gundy. But it’s been since the 3rd. March has been sidelined, and there are rumors that his two-year contract could be bought out when it expires Thursday.
Harris gets praise from Sixers president and coach.
With Embiid missing games again and most defenders focusing on Ben Simmons, Harris is having one of his best seasons, if not the best. Regardless of the numbers, Sixers president Daryl Morey was impressed with Harris’ leadership.
@tobias31 is the most professional and consistent star player in the @NBA – he gives us a chance to win every night and goes for the opportunity at crucial times.
– Daryl Morey (@dmorey) 24. March 2021
For his part, coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday night in a speech following the team’s victory over the Golden State Warriors that Harris’ performance of 25 points and 13 rebound was a return to form after playing in the bottom of the standings against the New York Knicks.
What I liked about his game today was that he didn’t force it. He made the game come to him, and he not only shot, but he made his pass, and he played phenomenal defense, Rivers said. That says a lot about him. He’s here to win. He doesn’t care about numbers, he cares about wins, and it shows in his game.
Harris scores highest point inseason 10
Harris is only 28 years old and has already proven himself to be a solid NBA veteran. He spent nearly three seasons with the 76ers and played for four other franchises before coming to Philadelphia.
He started and played in 20 playoff games, but one thing is clearly missing from his resume: an All-Star nomination. Given his active campaign for 2020-2021, many were surprised Harris didn’t vote.
The New Yorker is averaging 20.8 points per game and 3.6 assists per game. His current global shooting numbers are also the best of his career, with career highs in field goal percentage (50.8), field goal percentage (41.3), free throw percentage (89.4) and effective shooting percentage (55.9).
Harris currently ranks ninth in the NBA with a 2.0 winning percentage on the defensive end and 10th in free throw percentage. He joins Simmons as the team’s leader in minutes per game at 34.1, trails Embiid in points per game, and in the player efficiency rankings, only Embiid has players with at least 30 games finished with 20.38.
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