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Joel Embiid reacts to and trolls Bryan Colangelo report

Joel Embiid reacts to and trolls Bryan Colangelo report

Innocent until proven guilty. That’s the letter of the law in the United States of America, so it makes sense that it’s the stance Joel Embiid is taking over Tuesday’s bombshell report from The Ringer that Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo was using as many as five burner Twitter accounts to criticize members of the team and release sensitive information (see story).

However, in true Embiid fashion, the big man took the opportunity to do a little trolling on his own Twitter account first.

At 9:08 p.m. Tuesday, The Ringer posted their initial report outlining the alleged Twitter use from Colangelo.

Embiid responded at 10:45 p.m. with his initial reaction to the report.

Shortly after, Embiid began liking the tweets from the alleged Colangelo account.


Then, in what seemed to be a major reaction, Embiid posted this to his account.

And Embiid finally summed things up with his real take.

Was it all just Joel being Joel and trolling? Twenty-one minutes after Embiid’s tweet about former Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted a statement from Embiid. Wojnarowski also added some interesting insight to the wackiness.

Richaun Holmes had this to say.

Additionally, former Sixer Trevor Booker, who was acquired by Colangelo, was also skeptical of the news being true.

This is sure to be a developing situation over the next few days, and perhaps weeks, months and years, as Colangelo and members of the Sixers organization will be asked to comment on one of the wildest reports in recent history.

More on Collargate:

• Report: Bryan Colangelo at center of bizarre Twitter situation

• Sixers launch internal investigation into Bryan Colangelo report

Sixers' Joel Embiid named All-Star starter for third consecutive season

Sixers' Joel Embiid named All-Star starter for third consecutive season

Joel Embiid is again one of the 10 best players in the NBA, according to fans, a panel of media members and his fellow players.

The Sixers’ center was named an All-Star starter on Thursday for the third consecutive season.

Starters were determined by the votes of fans (50 percent weight), media members (25 percent) and players (25 percent). 

Embiid has averaged 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the 29-17 Sixers. He’s been sidelined for the past eight games with a torn ligament in the ring finger of his left hand. If Embiid is unable to play in the All-Star Game, which will take place on Feb. 16 in Chicago, then Commissioner Adam Silver will select an injury replacement. 

Though his scoring is down from last season, the Sixers have still been a much better team with Embiid on the floor than with him off it.

He’s second in the NBA in defensive win shares per game and fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (minimum 20 games played, 15 minutes per game). Lineups with Embiid have a 99.5 defensive rating, while lineups without him are at 106.9. 

It’s been an eventful year so far for Embiid, who’s been suspended for a fight and subsequent social media barbs, called load management “BS,” publicly grappled with questions about how to balance maturity and dominance, and sustained a nauseating injury.

Though the Cameroonian big man has said he cares most about being healthy and at his best for the playoffs, he now has another personal accolade.

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Sixers Talk podcast: Derrick Rose? Danilo Gallinari? Addressing the latest trade rumors

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Sixers Talk podcast: Derrick Rose? Danilo Gallinari? Addressing the latest trade rumors

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast presented by Wilmington University, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss the latest trade rumors, the latest injury news and the brutal schedule before the All-Star break.

• Do the Sixers have a chance to land Danilo Gallinari? Is Derrick Rose the best fit? Is Marcus Morris an option?

• Josh Richardson is now on the shelf. Who picks up the slack with the team down two starters?

• Have you seen the schedule before the break? Yikes.

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