Joel Embiid's Laughter During Apology "Immature"

The charm of Joel Embiid is beginning to wear off, Jared Greenberg says

Taz and the Moose
April 18, 2019 - 10:59 am
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There’s been plenty of postseason drama between the Sixers and Nets thus far – and not just because their first-round series is tied 1-1.

Indeed, Joel Embiid was called for a flagrant foul after elbowing Jarrett Allen in the face in Philadelphia’s 145-123 Game 2 win Monday. Embiid apologized for it after the game, but he – and Ben Simmons – laughed while doing it.

The Nets didn’t like that.

“It was kind of immature by the Sixers,” SiriusXM NBA Radio and NBA TV analyst Jared Greenberg said on Taz & The Moose. “I think it’s interesting that the charm of Joel Embiid is starting to wear off a little bit. Over the last couple of years, he’s the guy that everybody laughed at. We loved him trolling guys on his social media account. We loved him and Westbrook getting into it, waving at each other. We love his comments before and after games. And now it seems like its kind of starting to wear off a little bit where people are starting to see some immaturity in him.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether the Nets retaliate in Game 3 on Thursday – or at any point in this series.

“The Nets, from their perspective, they don’t have much to lose if they do go at them,” Greenberg said. “If anybody gets ejected from this game or if anybody gets a technical foul in this game and it involves Joel Embiid, well, that’s to the advantage of the Nets. Maybe it’s one of these psychological things that the Nets are trying to manage here.”

Click below to listen to Greenberg’s interview in its entirety.