Bear in mind when Joel Embiid slammed the ball in over John Collins on Oct. 28 in Atlanta, did a bit of shimmy in Collins’ face and obtained a technical foul for his exuberant celebration?
We predict Collins in all probability does.
In a Bleacher Report “AMA,” Collins named Embiid because the participant he’d most to love to dunk on.
“We have had forwards and backwards,” he stated. “I do not need to get too into it … however he is aware of, too. Each time he sees me he says, bro you are not getting me.”
Embiid thought it could not harm to remind Collins of that dunk on Tuesday.
— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) March 24, 2020
The Sixers’ All-Star middle has a historical past of antagonizing opponents, with Hassan Whiteside, Andre Drummond and Karl-Anthony Cities among the many different gamers he’s irked.
He had one other incident with the Hawks on Feb. 24, the evening he scored a career-high 49 factors. With the clock ticking down and the Sixers up 17, Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter stole the ball from Embiid as he dribbled it previous half court docket, prompting Embiid to point out him the center finger.
Although Embiid apologized for the gesture in his postgame interview with NBC Sports activities Philadelphia’s Serena Winters and stated he wasn’t planning on taking pictures the ball, he additionally gave a proof for his frustration with Huerter.
“There’s at all times this factor about you should not shoot the ball in case you’re up 20 or one thing like that,” Embiid stated. “And I really feel prefer it ought to go each methods. I am operating the clock down and I really feel like the sport is over. That is why I am doing it. However to me, if the opposite crew is gonna maintain enjoying protection, they usually’re gonna maintain taking pictures the ball on the different finish, I really feel like we should always simply be like, ‘Properly, be higher subsequent time,’ and simply exit and rating.”
Collins, who had 21 factors and 9 rebounds in that sport, unsurprisingly picked the Sixers as one of many two groups he likes to beat essentially the most.
“The Sixers and the Warmth,” he stated. “Sixers as a result of [Hawks head coach Lloyd] Pierce used to educate for them, so it is intense. After which Miami, every time I am again dwelling I prefer to placed on a present for mother.”
The Sixers had been scheduled to play the Hawks final Saturday, however that sport and the NBA season are in fact on maintain due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, every time Embiid and Collins do match up once more, there’s a historical past that’s constructing to bear in mind.
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