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Sixers rookie Joel Embiid has some comical advice for Andrew Wiggins (PHOTO)

Aug 24, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Joel Embiid isn’t likely to play for the Sixers this season due to injury, but he’s making the most of his newly-drafted NBA status nonetheless.

Embiid has been hilarious on Twitter all summer long, at least by professional athlete standards. He recruited LeBron James in free agency then blocked him after not receiving any response. He attempted to court both Kim Kardashian and Rhianna, and was voted as the funniest rookie by his peers in the league’s annual survey.

Embiid has also seemed to take a liking to fellow rookie (and former teammate at Kansas) Andrew Wiggins.

Now that the trade that sent Wiggins to Minnesota has become official, Embiid reached out with some potentially prescient, yet comical advice.

Kobe Bryant, of course, similarly never played for the team that originally drafted him, but went on to become one of the greatest players in NBA history.

This also isn’t the first time Embiid has used Wiggins for assistance in delivering a punchline.

Things may change significantly once the season starts, of course, when rehabilitation will (or at least should) become Embiid’s primary focus — so let’s just enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Been following him for a couple of months on Twitter. When he isn’t on one of his “two week breaks” that end up only being two days, he is absolutely hilarious.

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I hate that picture and I now hate Joel Embiid.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      You seem like a laugh-a-minute

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      You guys know I live in Charlotte. Am I not allowed to be upset that we traded Kobe?

      • sixerstrong - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        I think that may have been important information to put in your first post. Context is everything.

  3. handsomerob86 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    He is pretty funny, reminds me of Shaq alittle in that way. Hopefully he is dominant like Shaq too. Would love to have a great true center in the league again.

    Howard just doesn’t dominate on offense consistently like Shaq.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      True center is a subjective label. There weren’t freaks of nature patrolling the perimeter like LeBron during the big man era. High probability it has ended.

      • turkbox420 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Yes there were,Paul Pierce , TMac, Kobe, Vince Carter, Barkley, Hakeem, Karl Malone, Shawn Kemp, MJ, Pippen, Drexler are some just to name a few. Penny and Grant Hill are 2 that could have been. Lebron is 6`8. They may not have his broad shoulders, but they can play his style .

        Everyone of these people are taller, same height, or within 2 inches of 6`8. Everyone of these players were Amazing ball handlers except maybe Pipps and malone. If these guys were playing in their primes right now, Lebron would be just another star. Do not ever forget 31 year old Paul Pierce going too to toe and beating Lebron in the 08 semifinals.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:48 AM


        That was after the big man era. The big man era was the 60s-70s. Check this Sports Illustrated headline from 1988 (by Jack McCallum):

        “The once dominant NBA center has all but disappeared WHERE ARE THEY?”

        Compared to the 60s and 70s, the center position was dead by the mid 80s and just living on fumes ever since.

      • handsomerob86 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        You mean to tell that the Dream, Ewing, and Shaq weren’t dominant? Get out of here! The Big man era didn’t end in the 80’s it ended in the 21st, when Shaq was the only dominant one left (and to a lesser degree maybe Yao or Howard).

  4. asimonetti88 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    “Embiid has also seemed to take a liking to fellow rookie Andrew Wiggins.”

    Probably because they played together in college.

    • tfoz5150 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      And maybe again

  5. seasickcecil - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Kid is the #1 pick if he doesn’t hurt his foot.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      And still a Cavalier.

  6. seasickcecil - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:35 PM

  7. antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Kobe forced his way out of Charlotte though. Not quite the same thing. And Wiggins is going up to the arctic, not to Hollywood with Shaquille O’Neal.

  8. longtallsam - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    He sure looks like Kobe in that photo.

  9. sixerstrong - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    If his on-court game is half as good as his off-court game is, I am going to be very excited come next year.

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