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."

Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg get a bit heated in dugout altercation

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Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg get a bit heated in dugout altercation

While the Phillies put up seven early runs Friday in an attempt to overcome a shaky start by Jake Arrieta out of the All-Star break, there was some drama in D.C.

Stephen Strasburg, in his return from the DL, was pulled after allowing six runs in 4⅔ innings to the Braves. As he jogged off the field and down the dugout steps, he was greeted by Nats ace Max Scherzer, who gave him a supportive pat on the back.

Seconds later, Strasburg barked at Scherzer, who snapped his head back and shrugged in exasperation.

Scherzer was clearly ticked off and shouted back at Strasburg with some emphatic gestures. Strasburg jumped up and began to walk down the steps back to the clubhouse with Scherzer following him. It appeared they wanted to finish their heated conversation in private.

It's been a frustrating season for the Nats. They're 48-49 and six games behind both the Braves and Phillies. This was Strasburg's 14th start of the season and it hasn't been Strasburg-like at all. He has a 3.90 ERA and has allowed 12 home runs in 85⅓ innings.

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Mike Muscala wasn't very fond of Joel Embiid as an opponent

Mike Muscala wasn't very fond of Joel Embiid as an opponent

Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.

The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.

As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.

Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:

I don’t like the Sixers.

I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.

I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.

One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.

Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.

Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?

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