Last month, before the postseason on JJ Redick’s “The Old Man and the 3” podcast, Embiid admitted it was frustrating getting used to a new offense without Butler and Redick.
"I won't lie. During the season, I was not myself. I was not there. I just wasn't comfortable. The offense wasn't the same. Basketball was not the same to me," he said.
It sounded like Embiid missed Redick and Butler.
"The way things happened last summer, it was just so frustrating, so I was kind of, like, mad at the whole world, and I was just, like, 'Eh, whatever. I'm just coming to work, and I'm gonna do my best,' but I wasn't playing up to my standards."
Embiid later speculated on the podcast about the Sixers' chances in the postseason.
"It was hard. It was a big change, but you adjust. Every year is gonna be different, and this year was different, but I still believe we got a big chance to make it happen. We can win the whole thing.
We know that didn't happen.
It's possible Embiid's Tweets last night meant nothing — but it might make you wonder what would have happened if the Sixers somehow were able to keep Butler rather than lose him to Miami.