Joel Embiid RUMORS & NEWS

  • Sixers' Joel Embiid: 'We want home-court advantage' in first round "Joel Embiid is determined to do more than just make the NBA playoffs. The center wants the Sixers to be a top-4 seed in the Eastern Conference. “I think right now, we are two or three games out of the fourth seed,” Embiid said. “Now, we want home-court advantage.” The top four seeds in the..." February 20

  • Joel Embiid Expects Ben Simmons To Be An All-Star Next Season

    SLAM Online "Joel Embiid predicted that his Sixers teammate Ben Simmons will join him as an All-Star next season. After dropping 19 points in his first All-Star game, Embiid said the Process is coming along nicely in Philly." February 20

  • Joel Embiid has interesting strategy to win All-Star MVP

    Sportsnaut "Joel Embiid will be starting in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game for “Team Stephen.” He’ll share a starting lineup with distance shooters like Stephen Curry and James Harden. But that may not keep the Philadelphia 76ers center from attempting plenty of deep shots on his own. Embiid was asked how he..." February 18

  • Joel Embiid is already an all-star starter. His next goal: Becoming the NBA’s best player.

    Washington Post "No one would accuse Joel Embiid of lacking confidence. The only things that can actually match Embiid’s outsized personality are his massive, 7-foot-2 frame and ridiculously diverse skill set. That combination has made him one of the NBA’s most popular players over the past two seasons, and one of..." February 18

  • Joel Embiid Says That His Best Pickup Line Is 'Who Wants to Sex The Process?'

    Complex "For those of you guys out there that just spent (another) Valentine's Day alone, never fear because Joel Embiid has a pickup line that, now that I think about it, it actually only makes sense when he uses it. Sorry. For those of you who think Embiid's method sounds familiar, it's probably..." February 17

  • Life is sweeter for NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, who is happy to put 'bust' label to rest

    CBS Sports "It's a testament to the meteoric rise of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid over the past two years that the transcendent 23-year-old is the first player since Anthony Davis in 2014 to be on the roster for both the All-Star Game and the Rising Stars Challenge during the same season. And yet..." February 16

  • What does Sixers' Joel Embiid think about Markelle Fultz's situation?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The hullabaloo surrounding Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz is never-ending. Monday morning, a couple of detailed stories were published about the strange situation surrounding Fultz, his altered shot and the Sixers handling of the situation. We've covered the saga at length since last..." February 13

  • 'Dramatic' Embiid insists he's fine after injury concern

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Joel Embiid feels OK. The Sixers' big man wants everyone to know he was not in pain after falling and leaving the court during the fourth quarter of the Sixers' 112-98 win over the Clippers Saturday (see observations). “My hand got tangled inside my leg as I was reaching for the ball,”..." February 12

  • Joel Embiid says body feels 'fine' after first back-to-back of season

    ESPN "The Philadelphia 76ers didn't get the win Saturday night, but they did have something small to celebrate as star Joel Embiid played in both games of a back-to-back for the first time in his career. Embiid finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the team's 100-92 road loss to the Indiana..." February 04

  • Embiid to play 1st NBA back-to-back, then jet off to Super Bowl

    ABC News "Joel Embiid opened his first set of back-to-back games since he was drafted third overall in 2014 on Friday night, against the backdrop of Philly's Super Bowl bash.? And after Philadelphia's game in Indiana on Saturday, he and a few of his teammates are joining Eagles nation in Minneapolis for..." February 03

  • Joel Embiid’s Back-To-Back Debut Postponed

    Hoops Rumors "Embiid won’t play on Monday night after all, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, who tweets that the Sixers are playing it safe due to the “heavy loading” in Sunday’s game. The current plan is for Embiid to play both halves of the team’s back-to-back on Friday and Saturday..." January 29

  • Joel Embiid To Play On Back-To-Back Nights For First Time In Career

    Real GM Basketball "Joel Embiid will play on consecutive nights for the first time in his NBA career. Embiid and the 76ers lost 122-112 to the Thunder on Sunday and will play on Monday at Milwaukee. “I just got told I was available,” Embiid said before Sunday’s game. “I think it’s depending on how I feel after..." January 29

  • Joel Embiid fans bombard Rihanna after his All-Star nod

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA fans have good memories, and they are here to remind Rihanna of what she owes Joel Embiid. You may recall that when Embiid was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, he says he was told by a famous woman to come back to her when he had achieved All-Star status in the NBA rather than..." January 19

  • 76ers center Joel Embiid hoping to soon play back-to-backs

    Sporting News "Joel Embiid has developed into one of the most dominant post players in the NBA. The only thing stopping him is his health. A bad back has caused Embiid to miss nine games this season, and he's yet to play in back-to-back sets. But despite Philadelphia's cautious approach, Embiid is averaging a..." January 18

  • Joel Embiid gets physical with Eagles fan during tailgate

    Snip Daily "No, not that kind of physical. We figure that happens when Joel Embiid swipes into some love lady’s DMs. But the Philadelphia 76ers star was seen taking in the Eagles’ tailgate prior to their divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday. More than that, Embiid was out there..." January 14

  • Brett Brown says there’s no timeline on playing Joel Embiid on consecutive nights

    Clutch Points "In his second full season, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid has continued to show much promise in his play on the court. However, he has yet to play in any back-to-back sets through the first half of the season. According to Keith Pompey of The Inquirer, head coach Brett Brown has..." January 14

  • X-ray on Joel Embiid's hand negative, 'just a sprain,' he says

    ESPN "An X-ray on the right hand of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was negative after he took a hard fall in Sunday night's game against the Phoenix Suns. Embiid said after the game that the injury appears to be "just a sprain" and that he thinks he'll be fine. "They said it wasn't broken...." January 01

  • Jusuf Nurkic: Joel Embiid ‘tries to be more famous than a player’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Joel Embiid is good, braggadocios and active on social media. He knows that rubs some people the wrong way. Like Jusuf Nurkic, who spoke up after his Trail Blazers beat Embiid’s 76ers last night. Nurkic: He tries to be more famous than a player. I respect him. He’s a good player...." December 29

  • Joel Embiid injury update: Sixers' big man expected to play on Christmas vs. Knicks

    CBS Sports "Injury prone big man Joel Embiid has been fairly healthy this season, which has been good news for the Philadelphia 76ers. With Embiid on the court, the team is 13-11, but when he sits, they're a putrid 1-7. Thus, his recent struggles with back problems -- he's missed five of the Sixers' past..." December 24

  • Sixers' Joel Embiid returns from sore back

    ESPN "Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at Toronto after missing the team's past three games with a back injury. The star center started for a Philadelphia team that has lost four straight." December 23

  • Bad timing to be without Joel Embiid

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "This would not be the best time for the Sixers to be without Joel Embiid. His status moving forward is uncertain as he battles back tightness. Embiid sat out Tuesday's loss to the Kings and could miss their next two games against the Raptors, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Embiid is..." December 21

  • Joel Embiid Will Miss Two More Games, But The Sixers Hope He Returns Christmas Day

    Dime Magazine "The Philadelphia 76ers are hoping a bit of holiday magic will help fix Joel Embiid‘s back. The forward is dealing with a back injury, but the expectation is that he will be OK in time for the team’s Christmas Day showdown against the New York Knicks. That does mean that Embiid is expected to..." December 20

  • Is Joel Embiid's trash talking starting to get old?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Each week, our resident basketball analysts will discuss some of the hottest topics involving the Sixers. Running the Give and Go this edition are producer/reporters Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick. In this edition, we examine whether Joel Embiid’s trash talking is..." December 18

  • Joel Embiid takes blame for Sam Hinkie

    Pro Basketball Talk "In his letter resigning from the 76ers, Sam Hinkie wrote: You can be wrong for the right reasons. This may well prove to be Joel Embiid. Embiid never played for Philadelphia while Hinkie ran the team, sitting out his first two pro seasons due to injury. Then, Hinkie got ousted and Embiid got..." December 15

  • Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell questionable

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Sixers might get some reinforcements back to help try to halt their losing streak. Joel Embiid, Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell are listed as questionable tonight in Minnesota (9:30 p.m./NBCSP+). Embiid (back tightness) sat out Saturday night’s loss because of load management and..." December 12

  • Joel Embiid Feels Guilty For Sam Hinkie's Firing

    Real GM Basketball "Joel Embiid and Sam Hinkie continue to communicate occasionally even though the former general manager was fired by the Philadelphia 76ers nearly two years ago. "Yeah, we text sometimes," said Embiid. "We talk to each other sometimes. I mean, that’s the guy that drafted me, and he made sure he..." December 11

  • Sixers' Joel Embiid out Saturday vs. Cavaliers, report says

    Sporting News "76ers center Joel Embiid will not play Saturday against the Cavaliers, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Embiid had 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Philadelphia's 107-104 loss to the Lakers Thursday. This is presumably a scheduled day off for Embiid, who the 76ers are still..." December 09

  • Joel Embiid Would Make Additional $32M If He Makes First Team All-NBA

    Real GM Basketball "Joel Embiid signed a five-year, $146 million extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in October, which could increase to $178 million if he earns first-team All-NBA honors this season. Embiid has an outside shot at making the team due to his strong play combined with Rudy Gobert's injury and..." December 04

  • Joel Embiid’s strong start to season could mean extra $5 million a year

    Pro Basketball Talk "Not long ago, Joel Embiid and the Sixers agreed to a max contract extension — five years, $146 million. The Sixers are betting on Embiid staying healthy because when he is there is no doubt he is a max player. In fact, Embiid has been so good to start the season — 22.9 points and 11.3 rebounds..." December 03

  • Andre Drummond says Joel Embiid can talk to him when he 'plays a whole season'

    CBS Sports "Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid have a little bit of a feud going. The two clashed earlier in the season which left Embiid yelling about how Drummond doesn't play any defense. The two are getting ready to play each other again Saturday night and Embiid had more to say about Drummond. "He can't..." December 03

  • Joel Embiid Visits Meek Mill in Prison

    TMZ "Meek Mill kicked it with a VIP visitor -- Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid ... TMZ Sports has learned. Meek being a famous Philly native, has become friends with Embiid, who's now joining the public outcry against Meek's 2 to 4 year prison sentence for violating parole. Joel went to..." November 30

  • Joel Embiid owns up to being a troll on JJ Redick podcast

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "JJ Redick released his first podcast Wednesday morning on The Ringer network and had a very special guest. Redick sat down with his new teammate Joel Embiid to talk about his social media exploits, what first got him into basketball eight years ago when he first realized he was really good, and..." November 29

  • Is Joel Embiid ready to play back-to-back games for 76ers? "The 76ers will tell you that Joel Embiid’s recovery from left knee surgery has been better than expected. Coach Brett Brown was asked if the center would be cleared to play back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The Sixers entertain the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at home..." November 28

  • Embiid credits partying in L.A. for torrid stretch

    NBC Sports "Joel Embiid sometimes looks like he’s having a party on the basketball court. It’s no surprise, then, he credits some actual partying with turning around his season. Yes, that’s right. After Sixers practice Friday afternoon, Embiid said hitting the town in Los Angeles on the team's recent road..." November 26

  • Joel Embiid: ‘I’m the Best Defensive Player in the League’

    SLAM Online "Joel Embiid says he’s the NBA’s top defensive player, “not to be cocky” or anything. Embiid’s massive block on a driving Damian Lillard punctuated the Sixers’ 101-81 win Wednesday night against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. The big fella lead Philly with a 28 points, 12 rebounds and..." November 23

  • Embiid says he's up to 81 percent health, shouts out Jalen Rose

    Uproxx "Joel Embiid is having an incredible run of fun and general career success over the last few weeks. He’s expanded his time on the floor, stayed healthy and hit a career-high in points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers. But he’s also got some wins in the social sphere, getting praise from Shaq..." November 22

  • Joel Embiid not afraid of retaliation for trash talk: 'I'm a big dude, and I'm African'

    CBS Sports "Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is quickly developing into one of the best trash talkers in the NBA. He's exchanged words with Hassan Whiteside, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, to name a few, and most of the time it's seemingly been all in the spirit of good competition -- no hard..." November 22

  • Durant jokes that fear of Embiid's tweets sparked Warriors' comeback

    SLAM Online "Fighting back from a 22-point halftime deficit, the Warriors were able to defeat the Sixers 124-116 on Saturday. After the game, Kevin Durant quipped that the Warriors didn’t want to lose, especially because Joel Embiid would have “gone straight to twitter and start talkin’ shit.” " November 19

  • Steve Kerr on Joel Embiid: ‘What he did in LA was terrifying’

    Sportsnaut "Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors will take on an upstart Philadelphia 76ers team for the second time in a week Saturday night. Having already played Philadelphia, Kerr knows how good this young team is. While Golden State did come out on top last Saturday, the team saw first hand what..." November 18

  • Sixers' Joel Embiid makes NBA history, but says he's still only at '69 percent'

    CBS Sports "Not many players can say they've done something that no NBA player has ever done before. After Wednesday, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid can proudly make that claim. In a thoroughly dominating performance, Embiid finished with career-highs in points (46), assists (seven), blocks (seven),..." November 16

  • Joel Embiid Dominates Willie Reed: ‘I Don’t Know, What’s His Name?’

    CBS Philly "Many people hadn’t heard of Willie Reed until Monday night, including Joel Embiid. Embiid dominated the Clippers’ second-year backup center during a stretch in the second quarter. Eventually, it led to Reed’s WWE-style takedown of Embiid, resulting in a flagrant 1." November 14

  • Joel Embiid says he 'loves' Lonzo Ball despite social media trash talk

    ESPN "Joel Embiid wants to make one thing clear before his first appearance in Los Angeles this week: He "loves" Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. All that beef the Philadelphia 76ers star center seemed to have with Ball and his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, on social media is just trash talk as..." November 13

  • Sixers' Brett Brown thinks 'redshirt' year benefited Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid "76ers point guard Ben Simmons plays like a four-year veteran – not the rookie he is. That same could be said last season about his teammate, Joel Embiid. Brett Brown has an idea why. “I think the fact that they sat out and got older and bigger and stronger and I think smarter, how could that..." November 09

  • Are Sixers overprotecting Joel Embiid? Opponent thinks so

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will be held out for rest against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, and it’s evoking quite the reaction from Jazz counterpart Rudy Gobert. Gobert said before the game that he believes the Sixers are overprotecting Embiid, per Eric Woodyard of The Deseret..." November 07

  • Joel Embiid To Miss Tuesday's Game Due To 'Load Management'

    Real GM Basketball "The Philadelphia 76ers are resting Joel Embiid as they begin a West Coast road trip. Embiid has averaged 27.6 minutes and played in eight of nine games. The reason Embiid is sitting on Tuesday is due to "load management." " November 07

  • Joel Embiid Didn’t Buy Anything With $148 Million Extension

    SLAM Online "Joel Embiid inked a five-year, $148 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Sixers last month, but the big fella doesn’t feel a need to splurge. The fun-loving 23-year-old did buy his folks a new home prior to the new deal, however. The Sixers raised more than a few eyebrows after..." November 02

  • Joel Embiid Claims He No Longer Has A Minutes Restriction

    Uproxx "The Philadelphia 76ers have, understandably, proceeded with caution with their star big man Joel Embiid. After all, injuries limited him to just 31 games over the course of his first three years in the NBA. Entering this season, the organization planned to keep him on a pretty tight leash as well,..." November 02

  • Embiid: I want to spend career with 1 team like Kobe, Duncan, Dirk

    Clutch Points "Originally the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid has only appeared in 35 career games due to injury. However, when healthy, Embiid has quickly established himself as one of the league’s best big men. After signing a five-year, $146.5 million contract extension prior to the..." October 28

  • 76ers’ Joel Embiid: ‘I’m not made of glass’ after big-time tumble

    Sporting News "A collective gasp from Philadelphia was heard ‘round the world Wednesday night when 76ers big man Joel Embiid took a tumble over James Harden late in the fourth quarter against the Rockets. Though the 23-year-old sensation has dealt with numerous injuries in his young career, Embiid wants..." October 26

  • What does Joel Embiid do when he's bored at practice?

    CSN Philly "Just when you thought you saw it all from Joel Embiid against the Pistons, he expanded his offensive game the next day at practice. Embiid isn’t limited to just a basketball. He proved Tuesday he can score with an exercise ball as well. The afternoon after posting a monster 30 points in the..." October 25