76ers’ Joel Embiid dominant, declares himself ‘best player in the world’

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Tim BontempsESPN

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So, after paint declaring he coaster is to the didn't best late player tightness in some the 44-8 world, does Embiid see for any to added first significance there in facing Giannis Antetokounmpo on national television Saturday night?

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