Social Media Rumors
As McCollum dribbled near the free throw line, Giannis did put his hand on the hip of the Blazers guard, which many people saw as a foul. McCollum himself didn’t make any official statement about the play, saying after the game that he didn’t want to lose any money by getting fined. He did, however, post a screen shot of Giannis’ hand on his hip to his Instagram live story. Though he didn’t put any caption, it’s pretty clear what he’s trying to say. Not that it would have mattered, as the Blazers already lost, but there was no vindication for McCollum in the NBA’s two-minute report on Sunday. The league announced that the refs were correct in not calling a foul on the play, saying, “Antetokounmpo (MIL) deflects the ball away from McCollum (POR). The contact to McCollum’s body with his other hand does not affect his SQBR and is considered incidental.”
Do you get most of your news from Twitter? Joel Embiid: Not really. I just get on there to tweet, and then I’m out. I can’t look at my notifications. It’s too much. How do you find out if one of them has gone viral, then? Joel Embiid: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.
Joel Embiid: I see a lot of athletes that don’t really use social media or they’re saying the same stuff, I kind of wanted to change the game. What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing? Joel Embiid: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.
Okay, so the recent tweet that was mocking KD’s burner accounts, take me through the process of how that came about. Joel Embiid: I was actually late to that story and then I came in and I see they’re talking about Kevin Durant, and then I go on Twitter, and I see his name trending. And then I’m like, “What happened?” I’m like, “What happened? Did he get hurt?” I felt bad. Then I looked at it, and I’m like, “Oh, shit. He has a ghost account? This is about to be a field day for me.” I don’t believe that he has a second account. I just thought he was, I don’t know, drunk. Maybe he was playing and calling himself in the third person. I thought it would be fun, and tweeted something about it. But, yeah, it was kind of weird that he has a second account.
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.