Joel Embiid Rumors

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Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid
Position: C
Born: 03/16/94
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $25,467,250
The third and final Andre Drummond-Joel Embiid matchup of the season didn’t feature any flagrant flops or taunting gestures, as even the league’s resident troll was relatively demure in the Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-102 win over the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center on Monday. …. Drummond remembers being a teenage rookie and having to psych himself up for games. In this instance, he had to take the reverse approach. “Gotta calm down a bit,” Drummond told Yahoo Sports. “It depends on who you’re playing against. A guy like [Embiid], it’s a show. He puts on a show for everybody. You can’t get caught up into the antics.”
Storyline: Embiid-Drummond Beef
This is a sport of drama and ego, and at the league’s most physical position, Drummond felt compelled to oblige with some of the nonsense. “You know, it brings out your competitive edge when someone’s talking trash, consistently, over and over again,” Drummond said. “It’s gonna wake you up eventually, like, ‘Damn, I need to say something back or do something.’” Drummond admitted that aspect took him out of his comfort zone. “I did a really bad job of feeding into that,” he said. “That’s not who I am. So I can’t really get into that. The last couple games I’ve left it alone and didn’t get into it.”
Embiid opened some eyes with his remarks prior to Friday’s game in which he told the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey that he hadn’t been playing well “mainly” because he was being asked to play more on the perimeter than before. “That was just me frustrated with the way I was playing,” Embiid said. “I know everybody took it out of context. I love everybody. I love my teammates. I love my coaching staff. (It was) me being frustrated because I hold myself to a really high standard played a role in whatever that was said.”
Brown said he spent four hours talking to Embiid a few days ago. “We spoke privately about a lot of things,” said Brown said. “It’s just part of what you speak to your family about, what you speak to a player about. It’s the evolution of things that happen when you’re on a team.” Some folks thought Embiid’s remarks indicated he was taking a shot at how the offense has changed since the arrival of four-time all-star Jimmy Butler, who arrived Nov. 12 in a trade with the Timberwolves. Butler has been getting the ball a lot in the halfcourt, with many of his touches near the 3-point line at the elbow extended.