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Joel Embiid fined $10,000 for inappropriate language on social media

Joel Embiid fined $10,000 for inappropriate language on social media

Joel Embiid was fined $10,000 Saturday for using inappropriate language on social media.

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine. The Sixers' center said "F--- LaVar Ball" on Instagram Live July 4, responding to comments made by Ball, the father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, about Embiid and Ben Simmons. 

The feud between Ball and Embiid has continued this week with Ball insulting Embiid's intelligence and Embiid appearing to tweet a shot at Lonzo for a lackluster summer league performance.

Their feud began on draft night when Ben Simmons subtweeted Ball and Embiid added fuel to the fire.

Lonzo Ball doesn't trust the process in lackluster summer league debut

Lonzo Ball doesn't trust the process in lackluster summer league debut

Lonzo Ball's summer league debut turned into a dud and it seems Joel Embiid couldn't help but take notice.

Ball made a much-hyped appearance against the Clippers at the Las Vegas Summer League and couldn't find his shot. He made a highlight assist on the first play of the game, but shot 2 for 15, 1 for 11 from three, and had just five points and five assists in 32 minutes. His father, LaVar Ball, told the Associated Press that it was Lonzo's worst game ever.

"He don't be discouraged because that's the worst he can do," LaVar Ball said to the AP. "He can't go but up. And he still kept them in the game playing his worst game ever. That's what I like about it."

Shortly after Ball missed a potential tying three in the Lakers' 96-93 overtime loss, Embiid tweeted, "A wise man once said 'Trust The Process'" in what appeared to be a veiled comment on Ball's lackluster debut. 

Embiid tried to play off the tweets, saying he was watching Vampire Diaries. 

The tweets came after LaVar shot back at Embiid, who cussed out the Balls on Instagram Live earlier in the week.

LaVar, of course, couldn't help but be the center of attention at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday night. With a crowd full of Lakers fans, he got plenty of eyes on him as he took in his son's first professional game while Lavar sported Big Baller Brand gear. During halftime, LaVar was interviewed on ESPN's broadcast of the game. He guaranteed that the Lakers would make the playoffs in the crowded Western Conference.

He added that Lonzo winning Rookie of the Year was a "done deal," adding "I've got the trophy already." 

Collegeville Bakery posted a sign earlier in the day taunting LaVar, telling him to (what else?) trust the process. 

The Sixers and Lakers aren't scheduled to face off in Vegas, but let's hope there's a matchup in the summer league playoffs next week. The sooner we see Markelle Fultz and Co. vs. Ball, the better.

LaVar Ball insults Joel Embiid's intelligence, then demonstrates his own lack of it

LaVar Ball insults Joel Embiid's intelligence, then demonstrates his own lack of it

The war of words may never end.

At least it's going to have to be Joel Embiid and the Sixers who will have to take the high road if they don't want LaVar Ball clapping back. Because you know he's always going to clap back.*

Following the whole Olivia Simmons thing a couple of weeks back coupled with Ben and Joel ripping on LaVar Ball on draft night, LaVar said some unkind things about the Sixers which Embiid was then asked about during an Instagram Live session. He said F--- 'em.

And today we have a response from LaVar, courtesy of TMZ who got it on video.

"The reason he said that... he got three words because his vocabulary is limited. You gotta use cuss words when you've got no intelect," LaVar said.

Then, in a beautiful twist, he ripped on Embiid's intelligence while demonstrating his own lack of it.

"He's not intelligent at all. He's worried about me, he should be worried about playing. I got three words for him: 'Can't play at all.' Oh shoot, that's four."

"He's small change."

The drama continues. Now just give me some Lakers vs. Sixers basketball, please.

*side note: what does "clapping back" actually mean? Where did it come from? I just say it without really knowing what it means.