Joel Embiid said he wants to make it very clear that he never said his crush was Rihanna. “We got to put this to rest,” Embiid said toFTW with a chuckle. “I never said it was Rihanna, and I’m never gonna say who it is, maybe might not be, but I never actually mentioned a name. I feel bad for her after my interview when I got picked for All-Star, everyone was kinda going crazy at her. I feel bad because I never said it was her. Maybe someone else. I don’t know.”
Well, while talking to For The Win in a phone interview on behalf of Mtn Dew Kickstart (the brand is title partnering with the NBA All-Star Rising Stars game for the first time) on Thursday night, Embiid said he wants to make it very clear that he never said his crush was Rihanna. “We got to put this to rest,” Embiid said to FTW with a chuckle. “I never said it was Rihanna, and I’m never gonna say who it is, maybe might not be, but I never actually mentioned a name. I feel bad for her after my interview when I got picked for All-Star, everyone was kinda going crazy at her. I feel bad because I never said it was her. Maybe someone else. I don’t know. She’s probably gonna regret it … I’m beautiful, the women love me, they love my accent, and they just love everything about me. Basketball is just the icing on the cake. I don’t know.”
Then following Thursday night’s game against the Celtics, which the 76ers’ won on the road, Joel was asked about the possibility of a date with Rihanna in his post-game interview, which he surprisingly isn’t down for anymore. Joel joking said that he might need to pass on her now since she turned him down a few years ago. “She denied me back then so why go with her again. I have to pass and move on to the next one,” Joel said on TNT, before ending the interview with “Trust the Process.”
If you could go back and give advice to your sixteen-year-old self, when you first started playing ball, what would you say? Joel Embiid: I would say, “Don’t ever talk to Rihanna.” Have you heard from Rihanna recently? Joel Embiid: Nah, I met her a few times, but that’s about it. Did she laugh about the tweets? Joel Embiid: Yeah, she actually did.
Ric Flair, a Cavaliers fan, injured his right hand recently, but the circumstances around the injury are a bit curious. Flair claimed in an Instagram post that he injured himself in a fight with a Warriors fan. He also gave a shoutout to Rihanna.
Kevin Durant set social media ablaze on Thursday night when he glared icily in Rihanna’s direction after draining a three-pointer. Earlier, the singer had screamed in Durant’s direction from her courtside seat in an attempt to distract him from a free throw. “At times, there is a whole bunch of people who show up especially at this time of year and … you have a personal relationship with certain people,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said on Saturday. It is not known if Durant and Rihanna know each other personally, but Durant did admit back in 2011 that he had such a crush on the Barbados-born performer that she would be his ideal “wife” and once successfully asked her to wish him happy birthday on Twitter.
Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala brushed off Rihanna’s verbal outbursts. “I didn’t pay any mind to it,” Iguodala said. Green said he neither listened to Rihanna’s music, nor heard anything she was yelling from the expensive seats. Klay Thompson struck a more conciliatory tone, however. “It is good fun, it is the entertainment business,” Thompson said. “Nah, there is no hate to be honest with you. She makes great music and she is an amazing artist.”