Thrusting Joel Embiid forward into a world where reporters will ask him to provide his perspective is almost as exciting as getting to watch him play. You can expect a cavalcade of hilarious quips and jokes from the Sixers center all throughout his rookie season.
We might as well get started with this Lee Jenkins piece from Sports Illustrated, in which Embiid reveals the secret to his shooting touch:
He is engaging, charismatic and funny, but unlike many foreign big men, his humor is intentional. ‘You know how I learned to shoot?’ Embiid says. ‘I watched white people. Just regular white people. They really put their elbow in and finish up top. You can find videos of them online.’
First of all, let’s be thankful he was watching videos of people with decent form. There are plenty of “regular white people” (and other ethnicities) whose YouTube mixtapes are an affront to humanity.
More importantly, though, this guy is going to be so much god damn fun that I can’t even contain myself. There are far too many canned quotes for my liking in the age of “branding”, giving the jovial big man a point of separation from his peers apart from the on-court skills. Philadelphia’s charismatic star has arrived.
(Make sure you check out the full Jenkins profile here — it’s a great read, and touches on much more serious matters like the passing of Embiid’s brother, Arthur, and contemplating quitting the sport when things hit their lowest point.)