The Sixers are still figuring things out during what Brown calls "an opportunity to solidify what's life like with Joel." The hope is that the team will have momentum and inner confidence once Embiid returns.
"To sort of anoint this is who we are that halfway mark," Brown said, "it's difficult for me to do that."
But he wants the identity to be "Philadelphia hard and defense."
"It's a blue-collar city," Brown said. "It's how I see the world. That needs to be the starting point. Then you get down to the offensive stuff and say, 'Ben Simmons isn't slow.'"
So the coach wants to the Sixers to play fast. That's easy to accomplish while Embiid's out. But Brown pointed out that Embiid is still the team's crown jewel. They are going to try to find him in the post and play through the 7-foot-2 Cameroonian when he returns.
"That split personality offensively is a challenge at times," Brown said. "That's where it will end up, and for sure that's where it will end up for the playoffs.
"That's what we are trying to achieve."
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