Joel Embiid is the NBA’s ultimate troll.
The Philadelphia 76ers center picks his targets and lays into them mercilessly on the court and on social media.
So when he broke down into public, inconsolable tears after Sunday’s stunning Game 7 loss to the Toronto Raptors, Embiid drew some strong reactions.
Give us a guy who cares this much.
Give us a guy who pours his heart out after a heartbreaking loss.
Thank you, Joel Embiid. You will be back. pic.twitter.com/G2uqTP2Day
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 13, 2019
On one hand, it’s refreshing to see such a passionate display from a professional athlete who is so clearly invested in the fate of his franchise.
On the other hand. Dude. You’re Joel Embiid. A big part of your living is made targeting mental and emotional vulnerabilities in opponents. Is this really the look you’re going for?
Apparently it is. Three days removed from the gut-wrenching loss, Embiid is back on social media. And he has a new Twitter avatar.
He also had a message for his fans.
Hell of a season. Proud of my guys and I appreciate all the support you guys gave us all season long. Extremely disappointed and fell short of our goal but this is the motivation I needed and best believe I’ll be BACK EVEN BETTER AND STRONGER #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/sN7ufCM1pD
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) May 15, 2019
How long will he keep new avatar?
Like others before him, Embiid has chosen to use a moment of struggle as Twitter motivation moving forward.
Former Virginia guard Kyle Guy used an image from the Cavaliers’ 2018 NCAA tournament loss to No. 16 seed UMBC as his avatar after the historic loss. He didn’t change it until Virginia won the national championship in April.
Will Embiid maintain the same lofty standard for changing his new avatar?
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