Markelle Fultz's dream became reality Thursday night. "Today is a good day".
"We were on the horn with Horween Leather the very next day sourcing the real article of National Basketball Association game balls", Gorecki wrote of the process.
Had Philly not moved up and UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, who went No. 2 to the Lakers, been available, Brown said the Sixers would've found a way to make it work with Ball and Simmons. While Embiid was drafted with the knowledge that his rehab would take an extended period of time, the offsetting of his rookie year allowed him to flourish right as the Sixers' core began to fall into place. They expect the trio to help lead the franchise to their first playoff appearance since 2012 and first championship since 1983.
"I'm excited for our fans and for the 76ers organization that we were able to select the top player in the NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz", managing general partner Josh Harris said in a statement released by the team.
Fultz, often compared to Houston's James Harden, missed Washington's final four games, capped by a Pac-12 Tournament loss to Southern California. Despite the precautionary steps, Embiid played in only 31 games and needed surgery on his left knee in March.
"I think it's ambitious [to think there will be no restrictions]", Brown said Friday at the Sixers practice facility. "We anticipate a full, healthy roster".
To no one's surprise, Colangelo has said Embiid and Simmons won't participate in summer league play.
The choice of Fultz fits in nicely with Philadelphia's rebuilding programme.
Some other names that weren't called included Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, who were stars of North Carolina's title run this year.
As part to the deal with Philadelphia, Boston will also receive a first-round draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 - giving it even more bargaining chips to bolster its roster during free agency.
No worries, for now.
Fultz is seen as a terrific all-around offensive talent while Ball has been compared to future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd because of his extraordinary court vision and passing skills. "The two guys that went ahead of me, they're great players. And when the health, medical and performance staff tells us we're ready to go, we'll go".
And, of course, the biggest blockbuster came earlier this week when the Celtics traded the first overall pick to the Sixers, who used it to get Markelle Fultz.
"Those young guys need nurturing and they need veteran leadership". They also wanted a player who could fill in at the point when Simmons is on the bench.
Here are five takeaways from what the Sixers got done on draft night and what it means going forward.
They waited two years for Dario Saric to come from his overseas commitments. They'd ordered Chick-fil-A. It was there waiting for me on a table. "Truly a blessing", Fultz said during a television interview shortly after being drafted. "We're going to summer league and we're going to try to look and see as numerous young players and how they're developing and what their health status is".