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Joel Embiid Asked Sixers PA Announcer to Introduce Him as “The Process”

Joel “The Process” Embiid has a nice ring to it.

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Endearing himself to the Philadelphia faithful has been a surprisingly easy occurrence for Joel Embiid due to his Shaq-esque outgoingness. Between his comical Twitter account, trash talking of his teammates in practice, and dedicating an Instagram post to Sam Hinkie post-resignation, Embiid has all the makings of possessing a superstar’s personality.

He added to that lore before his first preseason home game as a 76er last night, as he asked the Sixers’ public address announcer Matt Cord to introduce him as “Joel ‘The Process’ Embiid,” per the Daily News’ John Smallwood.

Embiid has made the switch on his Instagram too:

This is a meta level of Hinkie’s Process Sixers fans have yet to encounter. Embiid’s journey from presumed top pick in the 2014 NBA draft to a mysterious, injury-plagued potential savior over the last two years embodies The Process better than any single person to come through the organization over the previous three years save for Hinkie himself.

Embiid’s self-awareness in this situation seems unparalleled, especially given the fact that he’s playing for a team that is trying in vain to rid itself of the culture and and remnants of the Hinkie era. It’s a futile effort on their part. The Process supersedes flipping mediocre veterans for second round picks, fleecing general managers swiftly with the team’s plethora of cap space and even Hinkie’s standing with the Sixers. The Process is the grind, the continuous attempt to better oneself for the dream of a parade down Broad Street.

There was The Big Dipper, then The Dream, then The Big Aristotle, then The Big Fundamental. Now there is Joel “The Process” Embiid, the personification of the hope that Hinkie left abound with this team when he resigned early this year.

Violent delights may have violent ends, but the only violent ending in the case of The Process itself will be Embiid ferociously attacking the rim and whomever dares to come into the paint when he guards it.