A few short months ago, during the NCAA basketball season, Joel Embiid was projected as the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft ahead of fellow Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins. A 7-0 specimen from Cameroon, Embiid then missed the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments with a stress fracture in his back and settled for being the third overall pick.
During the past month and a half, since being selected by the 76ers, Embiid has showed off a different talent: Social media. Embiid has tweeted at such celebrity women as Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Andi Dorfman. He also attempted to persuade free agent LeBron James to overlook the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat for the 76ers.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Embiid opened up about his life off the court at Kansas. It appears he was just as much of a goofball in college as he is as a pro. Before earning a paycheck, Embiid kept a lower national profile.
Weissman seems to roll with things here, as an interview with Embiid can apparently go anywhere. Unlike other eccentric NBA personalities such as Metta World Peace, Dennis Rodman or Shaquille O'Neal, Embiid delivers his cracks with a calm demeanor like he is not doing anything out of the ordinary. As Embiid moved to the U.S. at age 16, he also has a language barrier to deal with.
As for the rest of the interview, Embiid breaks down his Twitter presence, interactions with Rihanna and eating his first Philly cheesesteak. He went to Pat's.
When Embiid says the word, "rules," it can easily be mistaken for a different word, notably in the title of the above YouTube video. On Twitter, Embiid can censor himself to avoid such confusion:
These girls ain’t loyal
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) August 4, 2014