Earlier: To this point, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers have not had the type of season they hoped for entering the year. Instead of competing for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they find themselves in fifth place in the standings.
Embiid himself hasn’t played up to his capabilities this year. His points per game average has dropped nearly five points, down to 22.8 from 27.5 a year ago. Yesterday, he made headlines when he shushed the home crowd after a game-clinching three-pointer.
“I mean, I don’t care how it looks. I’m just playing basketball,” Embiid cryptically said via NBC Sports Philadelphia.”Just getting back to myself, just being a good a–hole. Just playing basketball and just trying to dominate.”
Tonight, he stirred up the pot a little bit more when he posted an Instagram photo of himself shushing the fans complete with the Batman caption “You Either Die A Hero, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain.” If you thought that generated some fan reaction, wait until former Philly guard Jimmy Butler jumped into the comments.
“I know a place where villains are welcome,” Butler wrote.
Jimmy's comment 👀🍿 pic.twitter.com/uY5RIu6M3u
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2020
Of course, Butler and Embiid played together in Philadelphia last year and Butler’s exit wasn’t exactly a smooth one and…wait, what did Embiid write in response to Jimmy?
“Damn right, my brother,” that’s what. Okay then.
— Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) February 11, 2020
What does it all mean? Maybe nothing at the end of the day.
But in a league that thrives on this type of drama and intrigue, it certainly adds some spice to a random night in February.
Watch: Embiid clearly is aware of the internet rumblings and he tried to assuage Philly fans’ fears on Twitter just now.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 11, 2020
Carry on with your Monday evening.