Verbal fireworks on July 4? Sounds about right.
Joel Embiid took to Instagram Live on Independence Day and, well, he had some harsh words for the patriarch of the Ball family.
"F--- LaVar Ball," Embiid said in a 20-second clip captured by TMZ Sports. It appeared as if Embiid was wasting time during a rainstorm in Philadelphia before a fireworks show, chatting with fans, and the comments were prompted when The Process was asked about LaVar's recent shots at the Sixers.
It was only the latest in an ongoing feud between members of the Sixers' process and the father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. Last week, LaVar made an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic's midday show, telling Embiid and Ben Simmons to "get [their] asses off the goddamn Tweeter and get in the gym."
The back-and-forth started all the way back in May when Simmons' sister first took a shot at the eventual No. 2 overall selection in this year's draft.
It continued on draft night when Simmons himself and Embiid only added fuel to the fire.
If this is the start of a new on-court rivalry between the Sixers and Lakers, I can only imagine what else LaVar Ball will have to say.
Apparently, Kyrie Irving doesn't want to talk about LeBron James.
After 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.