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Joel Embiid on Lonzo Ball: ‘People think I hate him, but I love him’

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers stands for the national anthem prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Celtics defeated the 76ers 102-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Joel Embiid took a fine for saying “F--- LaVar Ball” on Instagram Live.

But that doesn’t mean the 76ers center has an actual problem with LaVar or Lonzo Ball.

Embiid, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“I love Lonzo,” Embiid told ESPN. “The whole situation with them, I think it’s just fun. I love what he’s doing, especially with his own shoe. He’s staking his own place. People think I hate him, but I love him.”

Embiid and Lonzo are both promising NBA players. Embiid and LaVar are both adept at using social media to garner attention.

Embiid has plenty in common with the Balls. He could turn that into a rivalry, friendly or otherwise. But he clearly finds it preferable to be on the same side.