Joel Embiid owns up to being a troll on JJ Redick podcast

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Joel Embiid owns up to being a troll on JJ Redick podcast

JJ Redick released his first podcast Wednesday morning on The Ringer network and had a very special guest.

Redick sat down with his new teammate Joel Embiid to talk about his social media exploits, what first got him into basketball eight years ago when he first realized he was really good, and how much fun he’s having playing basketball.

Perhaps Redick’s best accomplishment on his first pod was getting Embiid to admit to being a social media troll.

“Fans do it to us, so why not?” Embiid said. “I feel like I can troll too, so I’m going to do it.”

A lot of the conversation focused around Embiid’s progression from a young kid in Cameroon to where he is today playing on a huge NBA contract.

Redick asked about the moment when he knew he was good. Jo admitted his first NBA game was eye opening and he knew he belonged, but that the real coming out moment hasn’t happened yet. The true potential hasn’t been untapped just yet. Not the 46-point game in Los Angeles. Think about that.

"I think I still haven't figured out yet," Embiid said. "I think I'm still going through a lot when I've gone through the ‘Oh damn! I'm really good!’ but I [haven’t had] the moment where I'm like, ‘Oh, this is the moment that I feel like I made it. I'm really f---ing good.’ Like, a top-five player in the league or something like that. I don't think that moment has come yet."

It likely keeps the rest of the NBA up at night.

Before he got into his conversation with Embiid, Redick talks about his own Sixers experience, including how he's a bit surprised how much success they've had early on.

"The first few months have been surreal," he said.

"I'm having a blast. This has been a great group to be a part of. I'm encouraged and maybe even a little bit surprised with how competitive we've been thus far in the season.

"I'm very confident that we're going to make the playoffs this season. I really feel that."

JJ on Ben Simmons
"For a rookie he is extremely poised — way more poised than I ever could have imagined. I remember on the first day of pickup back in September, my very first impression of Ben was that he is faster, stronger, and more athletic than I ever realized. He really is a special talent. He has the potential to be a transcendent player in the NBA. There aren't many unicorns out there but Ben Simmons falls into that category."

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.