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 feelings. But on Monday, Embiid ran into a player who wasn't interested in hearing him talk. The big man blocked Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and then stared him down as Mitchell fell to the floor. Mitchell didn't find it funny, and he ran after Embiid, pushing him as he made his way down the court. Both players shook off the incident, with Embiid admitting that he flopped and Mitchell admitting that he lost his cool. But it does beg the question: Is Embiid scared that players will physically retaliate because of his constant trash talk and Twitter trolling? "Oh no. I'm not worried about that," Embiid said on ESPN's SC6. "If those guys don't want to get their feelings hurt, if they're not strong mentally, that's not my fault. But I think when it comes down to it, if we've all got to square up, I mean, I'm 7-2 and I'm a big dude, so I don't think you want to try me. And I'm African too.
Joel Embiid not afraid of retaliation for trash talk: 'I'm a big dude, and I'm African'
CBS Sports | Nov 22