Joel Embiid: “Trust The Process!”
What is a process? Simply speaking, a process is defined as
- A systematic series of actions directed to some end; and
- A continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.
It seems that Joel Embiid is the one who will have the last laugh, as the Philadelphia ‘76ers are the laughingstock of the NBA no more. The Sixers are no longer in last place, as they are now surging and they are winning and they are beating some of the best teams in the league. Last night they beat the Raptors. The Raptors! Why are they winning? Or more precisely, how are they winning? I’ll tell you why, and I’ll tell you how. Because of Joel Embiid and “The Process.”
The Association’s longtime basement dweller and bottom feeder is now on the rise. They’re on the rise because the team and the fans and all of the Philly faithful trust “The Process.” And I went to a game in Philly last Friday night and watched my Sixers beat the Charlotte Hornets! If you were wondering what’s all the fuss, After watching the game in person, I can assure you that Embiid is as good as it gets.
Here’s what Sports Illustrated columnist Lee Jenkins wrote back on in October about Joel Embiid:
“He is engaging, charismatic and funny, but unlike many foreign big men, his humor is intentional. ‘You know how I learned to shoot?’ Embiid says. ‘I watched white people. Just regular white people. They really put their elbow in and finish up top. You can find videos of them online.” How funny is that?
“First from the bench, then from a suite, Embiid watched the 76ers lose 136 games while changing general managers, overhauling training staffs and moving practice facilities. He became an emblem of frustration with the franchise, as well as a fascination. Maybe the Sixers were stupid to have spent such a high pick on a 7-foot center they knew was hurt. Or maybe they were genius, the rare organization (the only organization?) willing to wait for a Dream-shaking, floor-stretching, rim-protecting prospect the likes of whom arrive once a generation. Nobody could judge the graceful giant until he mended, body and soul.”
So well said and so well put.
So, aside and apart from all of Philly sitting on the edge of their collective seats watching Embiid and waiting for Ben Simmons (I can hardly wait!), here’s what we all can learn: we all need to go through as systematic series of actions directed to some higher and lofty legacy, not just “some end.”
Indeed, Embiid says that he IS the process. Amen brother. He didn’t just go through one; his life and his career are one. Since life is like sports and sports are like life, our lives are also a process. We are all going through a continuous, action and operation and a series of changes taking place in a definite manner towards a great and hopeful future.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV