Joel Embiid: ‘America is Tanking’

by November 09, 2016

Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the U.S. presidential election Tuesday night elicited a couple of amusing—and, let’s be frank, badly-needed—responses from Joel Embiid.

The big fella joked that “America is tanking”, and since we’re all from Africa, the continent will now gladly welcome everyone back to the motherland.

On a more serious note, Embiid says he wishes the Sixers would let him play more minutes.


The Sixers said Tuesday that he would not make the trip to Indianapolis for Wednesday’s game even though it is not a situation in which they’re playing on back-to-back nights. And he thought he was scheduled to go.


“That kind of caught me off guard,” Embiid said Tuesday after practice. “They told me that yesterday. I want to play. But like I said, they care about me, and I’m going to follow whatever they have planned for me.”


Coach Brett Brown said the organization looks beyond back-to-back games and to “the volume of games in a condensed period of time.” […] “We just feel like the rest and the treatment is best suited here in Philadelphia, here at this wonderful training complex,” said Brown, whose squad began a stretch of five games in eight nights on Monday. “I think it’s just the holistic study of what his month is, his few weeks are . . . that influence the judgment and direction of when he can play.”