After blowing a 14-point lead, the Sixers were down just four points in the final minutes of Friday's loss to the Celtics. And then Joel Embiid happened.
'The Process' got the ball from T.J. McConnell at the three-point line and the veteran Al Horford charged towards him. This would have scared a lesser man, but Embiid is by no person's definition a lesser man. No, Embiid would flawlessly pump fake Horford into oblivion and move on with his day.
But he would not end there. No he would not. Joel Embiids don't simply pump fake when the basket is in sight. He made his determined move forward.
He put the ball on the floor, using the hardwood in a divine glide towards the hoop. Celtics defensive wiz Avery Bradley made a poke at the ball, but he had no chance of removing the ball from Embiid's possession.
Now Jae Crowder was the only man separating Embiid from the destined dunk. Crowder, a man with hair for days, has paid his dues to the basketball gods — going from back of the bench to rotation piece to starter — and isn't one to be easily posterized. Crowder makes $7 million a year in large part for his defensive prowess, but this is the Process we're talking about.
So Embiid's jump began. Like the leap of a unicorn, it was mesmerizing. The big man reared back his right arm, cradling the ball and slammed it through the cylinder for one of his better dunks.
Watch the dunk right here:
The dunk would not shake the Celtics to the core like it did to me, but it was a tantalizing display of everything right with Embiid's game. Believe it or not, it wasn't even Embiid's first rim-rattler of the game as he started the game off with one.
Cheers to many more!
Apparently, Kyrie Irving doesn't want to talk about LeBron James.
During the Celtics' win over the Sixers on Friday, a fan asked Irving, "Where's LeBron?"
Irving's response ... NSFW ...
WARNING: The video contains offensive language. But if that kind of thing doesn't bother you, you can watch it here.
Irving was asked about the incident by reporters Saturday.
So what he's basically saying is "sorry, not sorry."
With the video circulating on social media, expect Irving to hear from the league.
One of the things that I love about Joel Embiid is the fact that it seems like every day we find another reason to love him even more.
Today's entry comes from a profile in GQ magazine in which he talks about plenty of things. But it was one of the first things he was asked about his Twitter account that had me rolling once again.
How do you find out if one of [your tweet] has gone viral, then?
Joel: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.
Amazing. The thing is, I don't know if he's giving himself enough credit. ONLY 90%????
Oh, and he subscribes to the Jah Rule school of thought: WHO CARES?
"Then I had so much time, too, because I missed that whole year and the second year after, so I didn’t have anything to do," Embiid said. "[I’d] just go on social media and converse with fans, make crazy jokes, and tweet crazy stuff because I don’t care. I say whatever I want to."
His critique of other players' boring Twitter accounts is also incredibly on point:
What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing?
Joel: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.
The whole Q&A is worth any Sixers fan's time just to get to know a little more about Jojo. Be happy he's ours. And pray he stays healthy so he can take his game on the court to the same level as his game off of it.