Joel Embiid is back, and so is everything we love (and hate) about him

It’s the second quarter of Joel Embiid’s first preseason game of 2017, and he doesn’t respect the Brooklyn Nets defenders attempting to guard him. I would write that sentence with confidence just by watching him roast them with contempt, but there’s no need. He told us exactly how he felt about them.

“They can’t f**king guard me,” Joel Embiid yelled.

It takes some minor lip reading and careful listening, but it’s pretty clear what Embiid said. And you know what? They f**king couldn’t. Please gorge yourself on this stat line:

  • 22 points
  • 7 rebounds
  • 3 assists
  • 4-of-9 shooting from the floor
  • 14-of-18 shooting on free throws
  • 15 minutes

Embiid hit the first shot of the game — a pull-up jumper, naturally — and overpowered Brooklyn’s defense on his way to 1.5 points per minute. He knocked down a one-footed Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway! On the very next play he hit a three-pointer FROM THE LOGO.

Embiid captured the NBA news cycle over the past 72 hours after signing a five-year, $147 million extension. It’s polarizing as hell, naturally, as it should be when a player who has played 31 games in three seasons gets paid nine figures. There is an incredibly complicated structure to his contract, one that basically allows the 76ers to waive him

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2017/10/12/16463364/joel-embiid-preseason-debut-sixers-nets-highlights-22-points

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