'Fat outta shape': The weird beef between Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond continues

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/det" data-ylk="slk:Detroit Pistons">Detroit Pistons</a> center <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5015/" data-ylk="slk:Andre Drummond">Andre Drummond</a> and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/phi" data-ylk="slk:Philadelphia 76ers">Philadelphia 76ers</a> center <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5294/" data-ylk="slk:Joel Embiid">Joel Embiid</a> love to insult each other. (AP)
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid love to insult each other. (AP)

When Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid first met Detroit Pistons counterpart Andre Drummond on an NBA court in October 2017, the former said the latter “can’t play any defense.” Drummond vowed revenge against Embiid in their next meeting, another Philadelphia victory six weeks later that began with Embiid telling the Pistons center “he can’t shoot” and ended with the Sixers star declaring himself “the James Harden of bigs” because his flopping prowess successfully fouled out his rival.

“I mean you can’t really have a conversation with a man who can’t play a back-to-back,” Drummond told reporters at the time, via Fox Sports Detroit. “I’ve been playing for six years and I’ve missed maybe 4-5 games. So when he can play a whole season without taking a rest, he can come talk to me.”

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The two 7-footers still embraced afterward, and the beef went dormant in their final two showdowns last season — two more Sixers wins, one by 40 points and another that indeed saw Embiid rest.

When they met again on Wednesday, one year to the day after their initial meeting, Embiid and Drummond threw the beef back on the grill and got cooking. With less than a minute left in regulation, Embiid buried a hook shot over Drummond that gave his Sixers a 120-118 lead, flopped like a fish when the Pistons star turned with elbows held high and immediately called for his rival’s ejection.

For some reason, the officials granted Embiid’s request, issuing Drummond a second technical foul and sending him to the showers with 14 points. For Drummond’s sake, thankfully Pistons teammate Blake Griffin scored a career-high 50 points to deliver Detroit’s first-ever win over Embiid in overtime.

On Wednesday, the league acknowledged what everyone else knew was a flop:


‘I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head’

In defeat, Embiid denied embellishing the foul and piled on Drummond, saying, “His hand actually touched my face, but that’s his problem. Like I said, I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head.”

‘That man is fat outta shape and talks all day’

To which Drummond responded both on Twitter:


And Instagram:


For somebody who was “fat outta shape,” locked up and run to exhaustion by Drummond, Embiid still managed to amass 33 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in 39 minutes. The Pistons did get the win this time, so Drummond owns bragging rights at least until they meet again on Nov. 3.

Maybe then Drummond will start playing defense and Embiid will stop flopping. Just a thought.

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Ben Rohrbach is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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