The self-described “process”, Joel Embiid, finally made his NBA debut Wednesday night, and the big fella did not disappoint.
The 22-year-old put up 20 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks, but Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder prevailed 103-97 against the Philadelphia Sixers.
Russ scored a game-high 32 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists in the come-from-behind win.
“I try to make it a regular day,” Embiid said before the season opener against the Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center. “It’s hard. You think what you’ve gone through the past two years, the loss of my brother and having to get another surgery and all of the ups and downs.”
“For a city to be rewarded for a player that we all understand has special gifts,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “and play like he played, the city deserves it. Most importantly, he deserves it.”
A fan was reassigned to a different seat after giving Westbrook the double-barreled middle finger the standout made a first-quarter jump shot. […] Recording artist Sevyn Streeter was supposed to sing the national anthem on Wednesday. However, she was denied minutes before going out there due to wearing a ‘We Matter’ jersey. Another recording artist, Desiigner, was booed off the court after singing his hit ‘Panda’ during halftime.