Caris LeVert thought Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons were being ‘disrespectful’ during Embiid’s apology to Jarrett Allen
Brooklyn Nets swingman Caris LeVert and the rest of his teammates weren’t big fans of what Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and point forward Ben Simmons did during their Game 2 postgame press conference.
Embiid and Simmons laughed while Embiid was “apologizing” to Nets big man Jarrett Allen. Embiid viciously elbowed Allen in Game 2 and was called for a Flagrant 1 foul.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, LeVert says he and the Nets found Embiid and Simmons to be “disrespectful” towards Allen:
Nets guard Caris LeVert on Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons laughing during Embiid’s post-game apology for his Game 2 elbow to Jarrett Allen: “We don’t really like that. We thought that was kind of disrespectful.”
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) April 17, 2019
Jared Dudley similarly wasn’t a fan of what happened:
Jared Dudley on Embiid laughing at the podium: "I felt a certain type of way about it. Just because you’re laughing when somebody could’ve gotten really, really hurt. That’s been Embiid’s personality. But just because it’s your personality doesn’t mean it’s right."
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) April 17, 2019
Game 3 of this series is on Thursday in Brooklyn. It’s safe to say Caris LeVert, Jared Dudley and the Nets are going to be motivated to get some revenge against Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Sixers.
Thursday will be the first home playoff game for the Nets since 2015. The Barclays Center is going to be electric, as Brooklyn will look to take a 2-1 series lead and maintain home-court advantage.
Should Embiid and Simmons have been laughing during their postgame presser? Probably not. The hit Allen took from Embiid was very dangerous. Luckily for the Nets, Allen didn’t suffer a concussion and was able to stay in the game. Expect the big man to be pumped up for Game 3 with his home fans behind him.