The 76ers big man had a memorable night on social media, too.
Shortly after his career performance, Embiid posted a photo of himself lofting a shot over a stumbling Lonzo Ball, with the caption “WHAT A NIGHT !!!”. And his choice of location tag? Lavar, Fars, Iran.
The 7-foot center later tweeted that he meant no disrespect toward Lonzo Ball.
I like Lonzo’s game… no shots towards him #TrustIt
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 16, 2017
On draft night, Embiid and fellow Sixer Ben Simmons took jabs at the Ball family on Twitter after the Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick.
Embiid, 23, told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne earlier this week that he “loves” Ball, and that his social media posts are just trash talk.
“The whole situation with them, I think it’s just fun. I love what he’s doing, especially with his own shoe. He’s staking his own place. People think I hate him, but I love him,” said Embiid.
— Sarah Scrivens