Joel Embiid

Fans flood pop star's social media to get Embiid a date

Fans flood pop star's social media to get Embiid a date

Your move, Rihanna.

While the narrative this season surrounding Joel Embiid’s All-Star selection has been much less focused on his mystery crush (allegedly Rihanna) and more about his play on the court, Sixers fans have not forgotten.

If you needed a reminder, here’s a screenshot of a Tweet Joel Embiid sent last year.

Well, it was announced Thursday that Embiid was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game, as a starter no less, and fans are flooding the celeb’s social media feeds with mentions of the center.

Here’s a look at the latest post on her Instagram account.

How about Twitter?

Surely Rihanna or her reps have seen the posts by now. It’ll be interesting to see if she responds or wears a No. 21 jersey sometime in the future.

Embiid, Simmons get their fate for ASG starters

Embiid, Simmons get their fate for ASG starters

BOSTON — Joel Embiid is an All-Star starter.

The Sixers' big man is joined by LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan to represent the Eastern Conference.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are the Western Conference starters.

These players were selected by fans (50 percent of the votes), current NBA players (25 percent) and a select group of media (25 percent).

Embiid finished third among fans, fourth among players and third among the media for frontcourt guys.

Embiid is averaging 23.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in his second NBA season. He has stressed making the playoffs is his main goal.

"I feel like my play is gonna do the talk," Embiid said at shootaround Thursday prior to the Sixers' game against the Celtics. "So if I’m an All-Star starter, that’d be great. But I feel like I have the résumé to be an All-Star. But tonight my focus is about beating a Celtics team that’s 3-0 against us. I don’t want to [be swept in] the series. I want to win tonight." 

Ben Simmons, who had been third among backcourt players in the last voting returns, still could be named a reserve. Head coaches will vote for those players, announced Jan. 23. Simmons is averaging 16.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 dimes. 

"I think both of them are All-Stars in their own right," Brett Brown said of Embiid and Simmons. 

This season, the All-Star teams will be chosen in a draft format of all players instead of East versus West. The top two vote getters from each conference, James and Curry, will be team captains to select the squads. The rosters will be announced Jan. 25. 

The 2018 All-Star Game will be played Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.

Video proof that Embiid, Saric are soccer prodigies

Video proof that Embiid, Saric are soccer prodigies

BOSTON — Noise of energy and excitement emanated from a small area just off the basketball court at Sixers shootaround Thursday morning.

Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot were in a circle with a member of the staff enthusiastically playing soccer. 

Well, kind of. They were using a basketball.

Watch the video above to see the trio of soccer fans show off their skills. 

Just last week they met with several European football players during the team's trip to London, including Thierry Henry.

@frenchtouch20 meets his childhood idol @thierryhenry!

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My guys @thibautcourtois @hazardeden_10 #Blues #TheProcess #Blues

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Meet up with some @spursofficial today after practice!

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