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Joel Embiid has a story about killing a lion when he was six-years-old

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Joel Embiid has been a welcome addition to the NBA this season, albeit, two years later than expected.

The third pick in the 2014 draft lost the first two years of his career through a complicated foot injury, but since his return to fitness, the Cameroonian center has impressed everyone with his talents on the court and social media humour alike.

The Process dropped 25 points on the Indiana Pacers last night to lead the Sixers to their first win of the season, but earlier this week, Embiid told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski about how a story of him killing a lion as a six-year-old boy got him respect at Kansas College.

"Americans don't really have any idea what's going on in the world, especially us Africans. When they think about Africans, they think about us running around with lions and tigers and all those other animals.

"When I got to Kansas I kind of used that to my advantage, talking about how I killed a lion and that's how I became a man. At six years old I had to go into the jungle and kill a lion and had to carry it on my back and carry it back to the village to show I'm a man.

"And they bought into it...I don't know. It might be true or it might be false. I don't know. But that's the perception."

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Although Embiid didn't quite reveal if the story was fabricated or not, it is pretty safe to assume that it is. The Sixers man is either an engrossing storyteller or the students of Kansas are gullible and susceptible to stereotypes.

Or, Embiid killed a lion. When he was six.

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