Watch: Justin Bieber and Joel Embiid have an arm wrestling contest in Los Angeles bar

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Joel Embiid hasn't managed to play even one second of NBA basketball since he was drafted third overall in the 2014 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Cameroonian center broke a bone in his foot upon his arrival in the NBA and complications during his recovery meant he has missed two full seasons of action in the league where the Sixers have tanked to embarrassing lows.

However, it appears as though the 22-year-old is at least making a name for himself off the court while he awaits his chance to justify his high draft pick on the hardwood.

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On Friday night, pop star Justin Bieber and Embiid apparently hung out at Hyde in Los Angeles and challenged each other to an arm wrestle, of all things.

While we admire Bieber's bravery and overall optimism, the chances of the 'Sorry' superstar pinning the 7'0" pivot's arm to the table were extremely slim, to say the least.

Videos of the battle emerged on Instagram and as you can see below, Embiid did indeed emerge victorious.


Philly head coach Brett Brown said back in May than he believed Embiid would be ready to take to the floor on the opening night of the 2016-17 season.

"That is my belief," Brown said. "Yeah, that is my strong belief.

"He's downstairs beneath me as we speak, getting a lift and a workout," Brown said. "I had a chance to work him out personally a few days ago and the instruction from the medical staff all around us as we go nice and smart, nice and carefully, nice and slow relative to his pace. I think that he's coming along tremendously."

Utah Jazz v Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers could do with a defensive presence in their side, but their overload of big men means their roster still has an imbalance that general manager Bryan Colangelo must address.

Expect to see the Sixers busy in the trade market before the season starts.

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