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As the NBA prepares to restart its season, a few Sixers will be using their jerseys as a way to elevate messages surrounding the fight against social injustice and racial inequality.

The league is allowing players to replace the name on the back of their jerseys with an approved phrase. The NBA and NBPA collaborated on a list of 29 phrases to choose from.

The Sixers have just six players participating:

Alec Burks — EnoughFurkan Korkmaz — EqualityRaul Neto — EqualityKyle O'Quinn — Hear UsJosh Richardson — Say Their Names

Matisse Thybulle — Vote

The lack of Sixers partaking shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given how vocal a couple of their players were on the subject.

“They gave us some names and phrases to put on the back of jerseys,” Mike Scott said before the team departed for Disney World. “That was terrible. It was a bad list, bad choice. They didn’t give players a chance to voice their opinion on it. They just gave us a list to pick from. That was bad. That’s terrible. Just voice your opinion, how you feel.”

Scott and Tobias Harris have used their time with the media to call out Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron to arrest officers Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Jon Mattingly in the wake of the death of Breonna Taylor.

The Sixers have hinted at a bigger form of team demonstration ahead of their first seeding game against the Pacers Saturday night.

"We’re kind of leaning on Tobias right now,” Glenn Robinson III said last week. “We’re going to come together as a team, kind of figure out where to go forward and what we’re going to do for the city of Philadelphia to come together with everything that’s going on right now.

"We want to decide as a team — why are we here, what are we playing for besides a championship? We’re also playing for our community and the things that are happening in the world. I think it’ll be pretty impactful, a pretty big statement.”

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On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss our feelings going into the first seeding game, give our predictions for the resumed season and much more.

(1:05) — Excited for meaningful NBA games; what to expect from Ben Simmons.(11:56) — The NBA's handling of COVID-19 compared to MLB.(16:26) — Powerful demonstration by NBA.

(26:52) — Realistic expectations for this Sixers team.

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It appears Joel Embiid should be good to go for the Sixers’ first meaningful game since March 11.

The All-Star center is not on the injury report the Sixers submitted Friday night ahead of their game tomorrow against the Indiana Pacers. He’d played 12:57 in the first half of the Sixers’ opening scrimmage at Disney World, then exited with right calf tightness and sat out the team’s final two scrimmages. 

Embiid had missed 21 of the Sixers’ 65 games before the NBA’s hiatus because of injuries to his right ankle, left ring finger and left shoulder, in addition to an early-season suspension following a fight with the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. He’s averaged 30.2 minutes per game this season, but Brett Brown hopes to increase that number to approximately 38 for the playoffs. 

The 26-year-old has expressed an intent to "carry" the Sixers offensively at Disney World. Brown wants him averaging at least 10 free throws per game. 

I know what I’m capable of, and I know what my teammates think of me. I know I’m capable of carrying the team,” Embiid said on July 8. “It’s all about me being assertive. If I feel like I'm not getting the ball, I've just got to talk to them and do what I have to do, but at the end of the day, I should never be in a position to complain about not getting the ball, just because of who I am. 

“I believe I can carry the team. I believe that by being able to do that, I’ve just got to take matters into my own hands. … Obviously I need to be in positions where I feel comfortable, and I'm sure my teammates are going to help me.

Embiid’s partnership with Al Horford is something worth watching in the seeding games. The two shared the floor for a little under four minutes in the Sixers’ first scrimmage and were not practicing together during the team’s early practices in Florida. 

Raul Neto (lower back tightness) is probable and Glenn Robinson III (left hip pointer) is doubtful. Robinson, who suffered the injury in the Sixers’ scrimmage against the Thunder, has drawn praise from Brown and should be in the competition for a playoff rotation spot when healthy.

“A lot of energy, determination from Glenn, really crashing the offensive glass — that’s huge for our group — and then hitting the open three,” Brown said Friday. “Glenn was shooting the ball quite well in all of our practices and that is something that I look forward to once he’s back. I feel like he will be able to help us in both of those regards.”

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