In Sunday’s home opener against the Portland Trail Blazers, Joel Embiid was having a helluva night. He was dominating the Blazers on both ends of the floor to the tune of 35 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocks. He was terrific in the 126-98 win.
In the third quarter, Embiid brought out his infamous DX chop celebration after he finished an And-1. The play helped the Sixers pull away in the third quarter and his celebration fired up the Wells Fargo Center crowd.
In response, the NBA decided to fine Embiid $35,000 for the celebration. It’s a move that the league deemed “an obscene gesture on the playing court”.
— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) October 31, 2023
Embiid will not stop doing this celebration just because of a fine. Every once in a while, when the time calls for it, he will bring it back out. It’s all in good fun for the reigning league MVP, but this one cost him a bit.