Joel Embiid was booed in Philadelphia when he was introduced prior to Tuesday night’s game, but the big fella didn’t seem to mind.
Embiid had trolled the Sixers’ fanbase on social media earlier this week, and told reporters he’s got thick enough skin to handle the negative feedback.
The All-Star center finished with 26 points in a 110-103 win against the visiting LA Clippers.
“It’s Joel. Is it ideal? Maybe not. Is it Joel? Yes,” (Brett) Brown said before Tuesday’s game vs. the Clippers. “Is there a maverick in a lot of really good players? Yes. And there’s this sort of side of Jo that has always been there that it’s a — playful is probably not the word that best suits this, but it’s that, some phrasing of that. We move on, I don’t really have much more to add to that.”
Embiid, as you might expect after a big win over the Clippers on Tuesday night, was all smiles during his postgame availability.
“They’ve been going at me, I went back at them. We’re all human beings, if I can take it, everybody else can take it to. We move on, we learn from it and move on. I got to do a better job, they got to do a better job, I understand where they come from. But then again, if you dish it, you got to be able to take it back. At the end of the day, like I said in my location last night, it’s all love. I love my city, I’ve been here for a long time now. We have a special relationship, I’m happy to be here. I can’t wait for the future, especially this year, I think we can accomplish something great.
“I could have shushed them again, but it was all about having fun again, getting back to myself. Like I said after last game, I’m back to doing whatever I want and saying whatever I want. That’s how I used to be and I was dominating that way. This year I made a decision to change and I guess it hasn’t worked out, so it comes with good and bad. If it helps us win, and if it helps me help the team in a better way to win games, then I’m going to be that guy…it’s all love, I understand where they’re coming from, but I do know that they got my back. Through the injuries and what we been through, I’m still here. This is still my city, this is still our city, so we’re going to try to keep pushing and bring a championship.”