Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he wasn't surprised after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Nikola Jokic was the NBA MVP for the 2021/22 NBA season. On Monday, Wojnarowski reported Jokic was decided as the NBA MVP, with the formal announcement coming this week.
Last year, Jokic won his first NBA MVP award. Embiid is having a great season and he and Jokic were considered as the frontrunners for the NBA MVP award. "No," Embiid said, when asked if he was surprised when it was reported that Jokic would again win the award, per ESPN.
"I mean, this is something that I knew weeks ago, even probably two weeks before the season ended, after those games against whether it was Denver and Milwaukee, and when [ESPN did its] straw poll or whatever. I just knew it wasn't gonna happen.
"Obviously, congrats to Nikola. He deserved it. He had an amazing season. There's no right or wrong. There was a lot of candidates. It could have gone either way. Giannis [Antetokounmpo], Devin Booker, being on the best team in the league, by far.
So, I guess, every year is all about whatever you guys decide, whatever fits the narrative as far as who's gonna win."
Embiid: I'm not mad
Last year, Embiid also had a great season but still didn't win the award.
Earlier this year, Embiid suggested there was nothing else he could do to win an NBA MVP. "I'm not mad," Embiid said of not winning MVP (the NBA is expected to make a formal announcement on the winner later this week).
"That's two years in a row I put myself in that position. It didn't happen. It is almost like, at this point, it is whatever. Whatever happens, happens. "Last year, I campaigned about it. This year, I answered questions when I was asked, and in the next few years until I retire, it's almost like ...
like I said, I wonder what else I have to do to win it, and to me, it's like, at this point it's like, it's whatever. It's all about focusing, not that I wasn't focused on the bigger picture, but you know, it's really time to really put all my energy into the bigger picture, which is to win the whole thing." Embiid has other things to worry as the 76ers trail the Miami Heat 2-3 in their Eastern Conference semifinals series.