NBA Rumor: Embiid-Towns Beef

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So where did the animosity come from between Embiid and Towns? Embiid is this league’s most dominant big man, a prolific scorer and stifling rim protector who prides himself on winning the mental battle with his counterparts. Multiple sources told The Athletic that there actually isn’t anything personal between the two. As for the no-punches-held-back posts on social media out of Embiid, everyone understands: There’s no filter; just a pure trash-talk mentality.

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Scott, the fan-favorite who infamously slugged it out with an Eagles fan who was talking “hella shit” last month outside Lincoln Financial Field, enjoyed what he saw. “Definitely entertaining. Let’s get all the bad things out. You don’t want to condone it. The kids are watching,” Scott said, “but I loved it. I thought it was great. That was great. He probably did a…nah, fuck that. That was great. I enjoyed that. When your superstar plays like that, he has that Philly toughness in him. We’ll see what the league does, but I was hype. I was turned up. I thought it was fun. “Some people don’t like it,” Scott said, “but, shit, we in Philly: 1-0, Jo.”

“As you can see tonight, he’s got a lot of fight in him,” Teague said. “Last year, I wouldn’t say he wouldn’t do that or he would’ve took it, but he’s here to make a statement. I think tonight it just showed a lot of heart. “I’m riding with him.” While Towns tried to downplay the fight after the game, his teammates took more from the incident than he might have said. “It was just our attitude, man,” Josh Okogie said. “We’re not going to be run over. We didn’t want the outcome we have. But we’re going to be tough.”

As the NBA’s investigation into the altercation between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns begins, the Minnesota Timberwolves are rejecting the game officials’ designation of Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons as a “peacemaker” in the fracas, league sources tell ESPN. Referee Mark Ayotte told a pool reporter Wednesday night that Simmons was “deemed a peacemaker” for an act that included him holding Towns to the floor in what the Timberwolves contend was a “dangerous choke hold,” league sources told ESPN. Simmons told reporters after the game that he’s “always got my teammate’s back.”

The NBA’s executive president of basketball operations, Kiki VanDeWeghe, was in contact with both the Sixers and Timberwolves front offices on Wednesday night, sources said. The NBA plans to review tape and interview participants and witnesses beginning Thursday. Both Embiid and Towns are facing the possibility of a suspension. Embiid and Towns became tangled in the third period of the Sixers’ 117-95 victory and wrestled each other to the floor before coaches and teammates separated them. Towns initially tossed a punch that didn’t land on Embiid, who later poked Towns in the eye with his thumb.

“I was built for this city,” Embiid told reporters. “The love they have for me, I can’t thank them enough. I appreciate all the love. That reaction was probably the loudest I ever heard them. That’s what the city of Philadelphia is all about. “You gotta come in here, you gotta fight, you gotta play hard, you gotta be gritty, you gotta be a Broad Street Bully. We’re gonna keep on fighting and try to accomplish the goal we have set for us.” “I like to get in people’s minds,” Embiid added.

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