Every player should be given a fair chance to acclimate to their new team following a signing or swap. And the Philadelphia 76ers Free Agency’s recent acquisition of Montrezl Harrell is no different.
He might wish he could take a few things back.
One of those “things” came up during a conversation with police in May. Harrell was pulled over and his car was inspected after officers smelled marijuana. But during the inspection, Harrell identified himself as an NBA player, much to the excitement of the Kentucky Troopers.
That Cops asked Harrell all sorts of questions about his NBA career, eager to get the inside scoop. But it wasn’t just Harrell’s competition on the court that emerged. No, officials also asked which team’s stadium was the worst to visit.
While Philadelphia’s chilling homeland is lesser known, Boston’s chilling establishments are something of basketball lore. In the 1980s, the Celtics were well known Keep visitor changing rooms “frozen”, especially when the Lakers came to town.
But Harrell isn’t the only one having trouble with Boston’s dressing room.
Back in August, two players opened the dressing room for Boston’s visitors, putting the team in high spirits. In an episode of The Long Shot Podcast with Duncan Robinson and Davis ReidRobinson, who plays for the Miami Heat, held nothing back.
“If you walked in and said, ‘That’s a high school locker room,’ I’d say that’s a ***** high school locker room,” Robinson said during the episode.
Robinson was joined on the show by Milwaukee Bucks wing Pat Connaughton, who agreed with Robinson’s assessment of Boston’s facilities. “The Boston Celtics locker room is the worst visiting locker room in the NBA,” said Connaughton.
During the traffic stop, the officers inspecting Harrell’s car also asked the former sixth man of the year to interfere in the MVP debate.
Harrell’s comments might create some tension, considering his new teammate Joel Embiid finished second to Jokic in MVP voting for two consecutive seasons. Although Embiid won the scoring title and finished third in the league last season, it wasn’t enough to overcome Jokic’s dominant and impressive display with the Nuggets.
Despite this, Embiid enters 2022-23 as the favorite to win the award. Despite not being named ESPN’s Best Pick (that honor goes to Giannis Antetokounmpo), he finished second in the preseason. Adequate enough, but maybe at this point to appropriate.