With just a couple of words, Joel Embiid managed to stir up a mild social media frenzy on Monday night.
He sent out the following two tweets near the end of Jimmy Butler’s 40-point performance in the Heat’s Game 1 second-round playoff series win over the Milwaukee Bucks, apparently admiring his former teammates work and thinking about what might’ve been.
In an interview with The Athletic's Sam Amick, Butler said he didn’t initially see Embiid’s tweets but was told about them. This was his reaction:
“That’s my guy. Outside of basketball, I love that man to death. He knows that. I tell him every opportunity I get, and I appreciate him for making me a better player, a better leader, better at understanding so many different things. I talk to him all the time, and I tell him, I wish you were still in the playoffs, because you deserve a championship. Because he works. He works at it, and that’s just my guy. Yeah, I saw it, and I know that he still wanted me to be on his team. And I still wanted to be teammates with him. Let’s not get that misunderstood. But here, with these guys, Im not trading that for the world either.”