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Embiid: I want to be 'remembered as someone that's won'

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After finally winning an MVP, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid knows a title is now the only thing that'll impact how his NBA tenure will be remembered.

"I'm at the point where there is no award that is going to change my legacy, but the main one is the championship," Embiid told ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

He added: "You want to be remembered as someone that's won."

Embiid, who's coming off a first-round defeat to the New York Knicks last season, has never been past the second round of the playoffs in his career. However, he believes new Sixer Paul George can help him in his quest.

"I think as far as the fit, it looks amazing," Embiid said. "When you've got a player that posts up, that isos quite a bit, you need to have willing shooters and guys that are not afraid to pull the trigger."

Embiid also acknowledged that health will be key for him to make that next step.

"I just believe that if I just get that one chance to be free and healthy, along with my teammates, I believe we can beat anybody," he said.

Embiid missed his first two NBA seasons due to a variety of foot ailments. The 7-footer was sidelined for 29 games last campaign after undergoing left meniscus surgery for the second time in his career. He also dealt with a case of Bell's palsy, which causes face paralysis, during Philadelphia's play-in game against the Miami Heat.

Embiid will have a chance to capture some silverware this summer after he chose to represent the United States over Cameroon or France at the upcoming Olympics. The U.S. is looking to capture its fifth gold medal in a row.

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