Joel Embiid is now a very rich man after receiving a five-year, $146.5 million extension earlier this week.
Averaging an incredible 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in just 25.4 minutes per game over 31 contests for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, Embiid appears to be fully recovered from a torn meniscus that he suffered midway through the year.
The day after signing his extension, Embiid showed the world exactly why he’s worth every penny, dropping a ridiculous 22 points with seven boards in just 15 minutes, going 14-for-18 from the charity stripe in that limited time.
In addition to his incredible basketball skills, Embiid’s active social media presence has made him a fan favorite across the league. Showing off his dynamic and likable personality, he has written a number of hilarious posts in recent years.
That emphasis on having fun has carried onto the court and has resulted in a number of priceless moments, like when he and DeMarcus Cousins got in a famous butt-slapping battle in the middle of a game:
“I like that kid a lot, man,” Cousins told ESPN after the game. “I think he got a great chance of being the best big in the league… after I retire.”
In his first preseason appearance against the Brooklyn Nets this week, Embiid comically delivered the following passionate NSFW statement:
It’s true; no one could guard him in that game and throughout the season, he might be repeating those words a lot.
But, the big man struggled in Friday night’s blowout preseason victory against the Miami Heat, scoring just five points on 1-of-7 shooting along with seven rebounds and an assist.
However, the funniest moment of the preseason as a whole came early in the first quarter when Embiid drew a foul on opposing center Hassan Whiteside. With 9:39 to go in the first quarter, it was already Whiteside’s third foul. Check out what Embiid did after he got the call:
Since Whiteside clearly had trouble guarding him, Embiid called over to the Heat bench and told them to take his opponent out of the game in an hilariously-savage exchange.
All Whiteside could do was laugh as he headed to the pine just 2:21 into the game. At that point, he was completely powerless after getting embarrassed by the 23-year-old star.
It seems as though Embiid will not only continue his basketball domination in his sophomore campaign, but he will also undoubtedly provide some lighthearted comedy throughout the season, thus increasing his overall popularity.