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2020 Use of the Bully Pulpit

Joel Embiid

Sixers center Joel Embiid wasn’t having a banner season. There was a sense that maybe the honeymoon here was over. But when it was reported that Josh Harris, one of the team’s billionaire owners, planned to cut salaried employees’ pay by 20 percent to help the franchise weather the coronavirus crisis, Embiid pledged to help those workers out of his own (also deep) pockets — and donate a half mil to COVID relief. Rightfully chastened, Harris backpedaled, and the city’s love affair with Embiid blossomed anew.