Joel Embiid: I learned How to Shoot by Watching “Regular White People”

I’m not sure I can put into words how much I love this kid.

Whether or not he is trying to be funny with this quote, he is. It has the perfect combination of truth, irreverence, and humor. He is a refreshing fountain of honesty that we rarely see anymore, with most athletes taking their cues from the Jordan/Tiger/Brady/Jeter/LeBron school of “don’t say anything remotely interesting because it may affect endorsement opportunities.”

Embiid didn’t grow up in the US and was never indoctrinated into that mindset. I’m sure his agents and handlers tried to change him, but he seems to be willing to be his own man.

And then there is the way he has looked this preseason. If we didn’t know any player’s backstory and were just rating young prospects based on this preseason (along with age, athleticism, and size obviously) he would be the second sexiest young guy in the league behind Towns.

I LOVED him as a prospect coming out of college and I watched a lot of Kansas that year, primarily to see him play. Looked like a young Hakeem Olajuwon.

Sure sitting out two years with back and foot injuries bothers me, but modern medicine has come a long way since Sam Bowie (or even Greg Oden) and there is no HGH testing in the NBA. Plus, I tend to think that them being extra careful and giving him extra time to recover last year will pay off in the long run.

We start finding out tonight…

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