Joel Embiid's performance on Sunday in the Sixers' 108-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets was the kind of game that makes you forget about all of the other issues and simply enjoy watching a beast do work.
He really did it all. Post moves, pull ups, threes, some work on the boards. And of course diving a couple of rows deep into the stands in an attempt to keep a play alive.
It has to be a terrifying sight to see the 7-foot-2 Embiid flying in your direction. But Embiid would have it no other way. In fact, he said after the game that a certain Hall of Famer helped him develop the mindset of giving your all every single time out on the court.
"I think I stepped on his shoulder. I'm sorry for that person," Embiid said of the person he landed on.
"I'm going to give my all every time I'm out on the court. That's what I think I've been doing. Just play hard. One thing [Allen Iverson] kind of helped me with that, 'play every game like it's your last game.' And I think that's what I think I've been doing."
Brett Brown certainly sees the effort.
"I'm proud of him. I love it. I love it. After you love it, you're looking to make sure he's getting up healthy."
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.
If you like penalties and hate the Eagles, you clicked on the right story.
Alleged Eagles hater Pete Morelli will be allowed to referee future Birds' games after the league found no signs of bias towards the Eagles.
How's this for bias? In a Week 6 win over the Panthers, the Eagles were flagged 10 times for 126 yards. Compare that to the Panthers' one penalty for one yard and you see the problem.
But it wasn't the first time Morelli got flag-happy against the Eagles. In Morelli's last 4 Eagles' games — all away from the Linc — his crew has thrown 40 penalties for 396 yards to opponents' eight penalties for 74 yards. I'm not a numbers guy, but something seems off here.
In true Philly sports fashion, the Eagles will now reach the Super Bowl where Morelli and Co. will be waiting to rain yellow on the field, leading to an Andy Reid-led Chiefs' victory where Reid orchestrates an efficient two-minute game-winning drive, perfectly utilizing all three timeouts.