Joel Embiid on losing MVP vote: ‘I don’t know what else I have to do’

For the second year in a row, Joel Embiid fell short in the pursuit of his first MVP award. The 76ers The star center reportedly finished as runner-up to Nuggets big man Nikola Jokić, who became the 13th. player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP awards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The league is expected to make a formal announcement later this week.

Though disappointed, Embiid told reporters Tuesday that he wasn’t surprised to see Wojnarowski’s report on the results. He acknowledged that a handful of players would have been deserving of the award and there was no “right or wrong” answer.

“I mean, this is something that I knew weeks ago, even probably two weeks before the season ended, after those games against Denver and Milwaukee, and when [ESPN did its] straw poll or whatever,” Embiid said after Philadelphia’s 120–85 loss to Miami in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. “I just knew it wasn’t going to happen.

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