Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid wants to be considered the king of trash talking in the NBA and is targeting those competing with him for that crown.
Ahead of the Sixers' first meeting with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, the big man explained how he got a head start on the man who many consider the best at talking smack in the league today.
Embiid revealed that he came across Draymond Green in the summer and delivered a strong message to the two-time champion in anticipation of this showdown.
"I saw Draymond this summer and I told him that I was going to kick his ass," Embiid said. "I can't wait to play against him. Because, I feel, I love the way he talks trash and I feel like I'm kind of like the same.
"So it's going to be a fun battle especially agianst you know Steph(en Curry), Klay (Thompson), KD (Kevin Durant) -- still haven't played against them. I'm excited."
After missing both encounters with the Dubs last season through injury, this will be Embiid's first matchup against the defending champions.
Draymond will spend a large chunk of the game guarding the 76ers center and it should prove to be a terrific duel both physically and verbally.
"He's lucky I haven't played him yet," Embiid added. "It's friendly trash talk. That's what I do. I love doing that -- doesn't matter if you're my friend or not. I'm always going to talk trash."
In the nine games he's played so far this year, 'The Process' is once again displaying his dominant presence on the floor as he leads Philadelphia with 20.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game.
Coming up against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year will arguably be his biggest test and it's clearly one he's relishing.
When asked how Green responded to his comments, Embiid said: "He was just laughing. Then he was like, ‘Yeah, right.' Friendly trash talk."
After their five-game winning streak came to an end with a narrow loss to the Sacramento Kings in their last outing, Philly now faces the toughest game on their schedule.
Embiid missed the last shot against the Kings at the buzzer and the Sixers will be hoping for a strong game from him if they are to stand any chance of upsetting the champs in the Bay Area.