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Joel Embiid explains why he 'loves' Lonzo Ball despite entertaining feud

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid isn't afraid to speak his mind, whether it be on Twitter or in interviews with the media.

That has led to some entertaining comments from the rising star, and several of them have come at the expense of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

Indeed, the feud between Embiid and the star rookie has reached new heights recently, but the 76ers star says it's all in good fun.

According to comments he made to, Embiid said he loves Ball and is just having fun saying what he's said in the media and on Twitter:

"I love Lonzo," Embiid told ESPN. "The whole situation with them, I think it's just fun. I love what he's doing, especially with his own shoe. He's staking his own place. People think I hate him, but I love him."

The 76ers play the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, and then hang around L.A. to play the Lakers on Wednesday night, so we'll get to see an Embiid-Ball matchup very soon.

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Embiid said even his comments on the night of the NBA Draft, when he said he wanted fellow 76er Ben Simmons to dunk "on Lonzo Ball so hard next year that his daddy runs on the court to help him up" was meant in jest:

"I just meant it to be funny," Embiid said. "Even the thing I said 'Oh please dunk on him,' I just took it from [Simmons'] sister, who said that like weeks before that."

Simmons will have a chance to dunk on Ball on Wednesday night, the first time the 2016 No. 1 pick and 2017 No. 2 pick will share a court together.

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Embiid's comments come as a stark contrast to what LaVar Ball said after the draft night tweet, when he viciously called out the Philly star:

"When you don't win and don't even make the playoffs, and don't even stay on the court long enough, that's the best thing you can do is tweet, make some stuff," Ball said. "Ain't nobody else doing that, because they're working on their game in the gym. These guys ain't played a game, always hurt, and at the bottom of the totem pole."

Regardless of whether the feud is serious or not, it is entertaining to watch for fans of both teams. Embiid isn't likely to change his ways, either, so we likely haven't seen the end of him poking fun at Lonzo and the Ball family.

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