Joel Embiid on being denied MVP: 'At this point, it's whatever'

Philadelphia 76ers C Joel Embiid reacts to losing the NBA MVP trophy to Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic for the second straight season, and questions if the voting system should be adjusted to allow for less bias.

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JOEL EMBIID: Congrats to Nikola. You know, he deserved it. He had an amazing season. There is no right or wrong. There was a lot of candidates. It could have gone either way. Giannis. You know, 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 going to win.

The only thing I'll say about these awards is that-- I don't know how to explain it. But I go back to what I saw or what I heard on the podcast. Bill Simmons, he sounded like he had a grudge against somebody saying f- Jalen Green. So if you're going to allow this type of people to vote on these awards, that's not fair.

Like, what if Jalen Green was in a position to earn a supermax or-- I don't know-- or an All-Star appearance? And you got someone sounding like that and has a lot of power. He can sway a lot of other media members. And you got someone saying those type of stuff. I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's OK. So that's really the only thing I'll say about those awards. I'm not mad.

Well, that's two years in a row. You know, I put myself in that position. It didn't happen. At this point it's whatever. Whatever happens, happens.

You know, last year, I campaigned about it. This year, you know, I answered questions when I was asked. And I don't know. Like I said, I don't know what else I have to do to win it.

At this point it's like whatever. It's all about focusing, not that I wasn't focused on the bigger picture. But you know, it's really time to, like, really put all my energy into the bigger picture, which is to win the whole thing.

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