Detroit's Andre Drummond latest victim of Joel Embiid's trash talk

Detroit's Andre Drummond latest victim of Joel Embiid's trash talk

Joel Embiid is a very likeable guy so it's no surprise he's making friends all around the NBA. First, Hassan Whiteside in Miami. Now, Andre Drumond in Detroit. 

And the season is barely a couple of weeks old.

After Embiid had his way with the Detroit Pistons last night, scoring 30 and pulling nine boards, in the Philadelphia 76ers' first win of the season -- Embiid put up an impressive plus-21 on the night -- he told the Inquirer's Keith Pompey that the Pistons' big man doesn't play any D.

Oh, Jojo, always talking trash.

“Defensively, he doesn’t play any defense,” Embiid said of Drummond. “When we started the game, he was being aggressive and he was talking, too. … So what I was like [in my mind] ‘You want to do that? I’m going to kick your [butt] then. So that’s what I did.”

“In my mind, I was like, ‘You want to switch up, because you are playing against me,’ ” he said. ” ‘You want to be all physical and talk [trash].’ So I was like, ‘you are going to get our [butt beat].’ I love that.”

I, lowly sports blogger and Sixers fan, also love that.

There's something about Embiid that is unlike other players. He can trash talk you, make you look silly, and you still kinda want to be pals with him.

But Drummond, who finished the night with a respectable 14 points and 14 boards, isn't exactly rolling over and playing dead. He took it to one of Joel's favorite places: Twitter.

Yes, the Sixers and the Pistons meet again on Dec. 2nd. The popcorn will be ready.

Ben Simmons asks: should Sixers bring back old school black jerseys?


Ben Simmons asks: should Sixers bring back old school black jerseys?

Does Ben Simmons know something we don't?

The Sixers have already unveiled their alternative jerseys for the 2017-18 season, including the retro "Spirit of 76" City Edition complete with Liberty Bell as well as the red Statement Edition look with scripted Sixers font.

But that didn't stop Simmons from polling his Twitter followers as to whether the team should bring back the old black jerseys from the Iverson era.

Fans were overwhelmingly supportive of bringing back the black -- myself not included. Almost 32,000 people voted in his poll with an 80-20 result favoring bringing them back.

Now the question becomes, was Ben used by the team to gauge fan interest for potentially bringing them back down the road? Or was he simply posting something he happened to be thinking about?

Here's what the NBA website says about the 1997-2009 era unis: 

1997-2009 - The Sixers unveiled a completely new look including the first major logo change since becoming the Philadelphia 76ers in August of 1963. In keeping with the traditional red and blue, the logo was “modernized” by adding silver, gold and black. For the first time in franchise history, the Sixers wore black uniforms on the road. Trimmed in red and gold, the jersey that features the word “SIXERS” on the front with white numbers trimmed in red on the back. At home, a white jersey features black numbers trimmed in red. Philadelphia added a hot new second road uniform combining the styles of the old and the new.

Joel Embiid: 'I don't think you want to try me'

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Joel Embiid: 'I don't think you want to try me'

We've seen it plenty and we love it.

Joel Embiid talking trash and trolling the opposition.

But is he ever concerned with possible payback?

It doesn't sound like he is, and for pretty decent reasons.

Embiid, entertaining us like always, explained those reasons beautifully on ESPN's Tuesday edition of "SC6."

Here was his answer:

Oh, no, I'm not worried about that. If those guys that want to get their feelings hurt, if they're not strong mentally, that's not my fault. I think when it comes down to it, and if we all got to square up, I mean, I'm 7-2 and I'm a big dude. I don't think you want to try me. And I'm African, too, so.

That's the whole point of playing basketball — having fun, go out there, have fun, kick someone's ass and just play basketball.

Not sure if Embiid will ever have to square up with an opposing player. He may have to look out for a big dunk when he's protecting the rim or some extra fire from the competition, but it's good to know he's ready to rumble if necessary.

For the video of Embiid on "SC6," you can watch it here, via The Athletic's Rich Hofmann.