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:


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Joel Embiid has not yet played an NBA game, but he has made his name known in the Twittersphere beyond sports fans. The third pick in the NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers center tweeted at LeBron James trying to court the star to The City of Brotherly Love.


When that did not work, he moved on to wooing Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. All he managed to get was a a follow from Rihanna on Twitter, and possibly some respect for his PhotoShop skills.







Apparently, Embiid has moved on from Kardashian and Rihanna. His new sights are set on Andi Dorfman, the recent star of "The Bachelorette." Soon after Dorfman selected former second-round MLB draft pick Josh Murray as her man, Embiid tweeted a suggestive picture of an edited US Weekly cover.


No response yet from Dorfman. Also, no sign if this is just a phase for Embiid or if he will further his pursuit of the Atlanta-based attorney.

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David Ortiz had been the leader in the clubhouse for epic sports selfies after snapping a shot of himself with President Obama.

But a 29-year-old Australian field hockey player might have just put an end to any competition.

Jayde Taylor was taking a selfie with a teammate at The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when her photo got an unexpected visitor. Taylor's selfie included a smiling Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Photobomb:


The Queen also part of a notable tweet last month during the World Cup. Italian striker Mario Balotelli asked for a royal kiss on the cheek if Italy won Group D, which included England.


Italy lost 1-0.

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Joel Embiid may be off the basketball court for a little while after surgery last month to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, but the 7-footer has kept extremely active on Twitter.

Embiid, a candidate for the top overall pick in this year's NBA draft before injury concerns dropped him to third, has shown his lighter side on social media with the active and relentless pursuit of Kim Kardashian and Rihanna.

Last week Embiid tweeted at Kardashian in the hopes of scoring a date with the 33-year-old reality TV star.


There's just one minor problem with pursuing Kardashian, and Embiid quickly came to his senses:


It didn't take long for Embiid to mend his broken heart, as he quickly moved on from Kardashian to Rihanna. And his announcement of his new pursuit was comedic gold:




Embiid went as far as to post a photoshopped picture of Rihanna wearing his No. 11 Philadelphia 76ers jersey:


Should he exceed all expectations and actually score a date with Rihanna, Embiid actually wouldn't be the first NBA player to successfully court a high profile woman on social media. Quincy Pondexter and b>Andre Drummond both pulled off the feat.

Alas, to the disappointment of everyone, Embiid revealed later that he's just playing around with the tweets:


Still, that didn't stop Embiid from creating a couple name for he and Rihanna should the pair ever get together:


Embiid has a long recovery ahead of him, and depending on how his rehabilitation goes he may even miss the entire 2014-15 season. If Embiid can stay healthy, many experts believe he has the physical tools to dominate in the NBA. But his confidence has to be suffering after no responses from Kardashian or Rihanna.

And to make matters worse, Embiid's passionate pursuit earlier this month of another partner also got rejected:





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No one, it seems, remembered the birthday of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, so the quirky 7-footer swallowed his pride and took to Twitter to wish himself a happy birthday.

Adams, the second year man who known for his funny side, posted these tweets Sunday:



The confusion, it seems, stems from bad information on Adams' Wikipedia entry:


About an hour after Adams' tweet, the Thunder's official Twitter account sent out this message:


Adams, a New Zealand native and the 12th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft, is coming off a solid rookie season. He played in 81 games for the Thunder, averaging about 15 minutes and four rebounds per night. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

As for a birthday gift, Adams isn't looking for anything too extravagant:



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Tim Howard is still living on cloud nine and has at least a few more weeks before the dust settles on his World Cup performance. The U.S. goalkeeper became an American sports icon by making a tournament-record 16 saves in the nation's 2-1 round of 16 loss to Belgium.

Howard's face is featured on a gold mine of memes and he recently landed on the cover of Adweek shirtless. His English Premier League club, Everton, is trying to recruit new American supporters.

Meanwhile, Howard, 35, may be trying to recruit himself to an American franchise. On Thursday, Howard, who joined Twitter in late May shortly before the World Cup, tweeted out a photo of himself in a Knicks jersey.


Tim, Knicks fans would love to hear your demands. If you are willing to accept the veterans' minimum, Phil Jackson may be able to weave you into the roster. If you are looking for big money, the Knicks are not your destination at this time. New Yorkers will be the first to tell you the franchise is one year away from the contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire ($23,410,988) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) coming off the books. Maybe try then.

Howard was born in New Brunswick, N.J. and grew up in the Garden State. His first two professional teams were the North Jersey Imperials of the United System of Independent Soccer Leagues and the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) of MLS.

The Knicks re-signed Carmelo Anthony to a five-year, $124 million earlier this week. However, they also traded former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler. The Knicks need a new defensive stopper. Considering Tim Howard is rumored to be able to stop anything, he seems like the natural upgrade for the Knicks defense. (Howard is 6-3, but as they say in basketball, he plays bigger.)

Unfortunately for Knicks and NBA fans, this Throwback Thursday is only a dream. Howard will be back in action for Everton in August. Americans will have many opportunities to see his Liverpool-based club play across the pond.

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Neither the Phoenix Suns nor the Philadelphia 76ers made the playoffs this past spring. The two teams play on opposite sides of the country, and other than hosting Charles Barkley's antics, the two franchises do not have a lot in common.

That did not stop the two teams from engaging in possibly the greatest Twitter interaction between two professional sports franchises ever (step it up, @LAKings). When the teams met Tuesday night in Las Vegas for NBA Summer League action, the Suns made an observation.







The Suns won the actual game 97-88 behind 28 points from T.J. Warren, the 14th overall pick from North Carolina State.

The Suns used a different fictional character to salute Warren:


Twitter and the NBA. What a country.

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J.R. Smith and Rihanna have a feud. That sounds pretty ridiculous, but it's true.

The friction between the New York Knicks guard and the recording artist's began May 8, 2013. One day after the Knicks beat down the Indiana Pacers 105-79 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden, a photo surfaced showing the two at a New York club for Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour After Party . Smith can be found over Rihanna's left shoulder.


At the time, the Knicks knotted the series at 1-1 and had three full days off. The series took a turn for the worst in Indiana, though. The Pacers won both Games 3 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to go up 3-1.

With Game 5 looming and Smith struggling -- the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year averaged 14 points in Games 3 and 4 -- Rihanna lashed out on her paparazzi partner on Instagram. Here's a comment captured by Larry Brown Sports:

The Knicks lost the series in six games. Smith had an abysmal 2013-14 season and the Knicks missed the playoffs.

This did not stop Smith from taking a shot at Rihanna on Monday.

The caption reads, "Lmfao #greatmorningworld," but the meme text is what matters. The message is clearly a mockery of Rihanna following LeBron James, who played for the Miami Heat from 2010-2014. James signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his first NBA team, over the weekend.

Rihanna has seven Grammys. J.R. Smith's only professional All-Star Game appearance came in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Despite the comparison, it is perhaps to no one's surprise that Smith would take a shot at a much more successful individual. Besides, when has Smith ever passed up a shot, ill-advised or not?

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The New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as team president in March. His first major job in the team's front office was to keep star Carmelo Anthony in blue and orange. On June 23, Anthony told the Knicks he would opt out of his contract. On Sunday, he re-signed with the team on a five-year extension.

While Anthony pondered his decision, Jackson pursued another all-star free agent, Pau Gasol. Jackson coached Gasol for three and a half seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Gasol also played four and a half seasons for the Lakers with Knicks head coach Derek Fisher.

On Saturday, Gasol announced he would join the Chicago Bulls, leaving the Knicks and other teams in the dust.


Tied down by the salary cap, the Knicks needed Gasol to take less money to play for Jackson and Fisher. On paper, his signing was a long shot in New York.

That did not stop Jackson from poking fun at his former player on Twitter:


The picture is actually timely and location-specific. The image captures a moment on June 30 in which lightning struck Chicago's three tallest buildings, the Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Center, at the same time.

Jackson served as an assistant with the Bulls from 1987-1989 and head coach from 1989-1998. He won six championships with the Bulls and five championships as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004, 2005-2011. Jackson also won two championships during his 1967-1978 tenure with the Knicks (he retired in 1980 after two years with the New Jersey Nets).

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A larger playing surface and more players on the field aren't the only adjustments Chad Johnson has had to make since moving north of the border to play for the Montreal Alouettes.

Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowler who last played in the NFL for the New England Patriots in 2011, has also had to learn how to read French. And so far, that hasn't gone so well.

Johnson tweeted that he's already racked up 15 parking tickets in Montreal, complaining that the street signs are all in French. The wide receiver sent this message to Montreal mayor Denis Coderre in hopes of help:


Coderre, an active tweeter, quickly responded:




Rather than learn to read French, Johnson has started taking the subway, and that too has been quite an experience:



As Johnson spends time in Montreal (he signed a two-year contract with the Alouettes in April), we can only hope for more of these moments.

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