After Tuesday nights big win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Sixers forward Tobias Harris caught up with Marc Farzetta in the locker room following the game to talk about the locker room, the Embiid social media post heard around the world & if Brett Brown still had the attention of the locker room following a tough road trip.
First up, Marc asked Tobias about the new role veteran Al Horford may find himself in for the rest of the season & the playoffs, backup center & bench player. Tobias felt as though Al accepted his role as any established veteran would & did a great job dealing with his new situation & having the humility to not let it accept his performance. “You even saw out there in the final 5 minutes that Al was out there still, he’s still finding his groove as we all are”.
Marc then asked Tobias about moving over to the 4/PF position if Horford finds himself on the bench in a permanent new role & Tobias has no problems doing that. “I feel as though I play well at a high level & can do both, it’s not a big deal”.
Next up, the overall state of the team following a tough road trip in which they went 0-4 & returned home to a place where they have the best home record in the NBA. “We’re in a good place, we have guys that want to win, obviously there’s a lot of outside noise but as a group we know there’s areas we need to improve at.” The fans know, the coaches know & obviously the players know that this team needs to improve their play on the road & you can hear more of Tobias talking about that in the podcast below.
The elephant in the room was next up for “Tobi”, when Marc asked him about the Joel Embiid Instagram post that drew the attention of NBA Twitter & circles everywhere, even got his old teammate Jimmy Butler commenting on it…
“At the end of the day, Joel’s still human & humans have emotions & you can express those & not have to be ridiculed by people but with his post, I called him to check on him & he was fine & we kept it moving. Sometimes people make too much out those things”
Obviously the post isn’t the biggest of deals but it was enough, or out of the ordinary enough for Tobias to check in with his big man to see if the “outside noise” was getting to him. That’s the mark of a locker room leader.
Finally, Marc & Tobias discussed the idea of head coach Brett Brown “losing the locker room”, one that Tobias himself takes pride in not letting happen. Check out the podcast below to hear more from Tobias on Brett Brown’s locker room culture!
The Farzetta & Tra Morning show airs Monday-Friday from 5:55am-10am!