Sixers center Joel Embiid fires back at reports that he’s ‘scared’ of Rudy Gobert
Joel Embiid takes things personally. The Philadelphia 76ers fired back at earlier reports about him dodging Utah Jazz center and two-time DPOY Rudy Gobert after he manhandled the Western Conference giants with another impressive performance on Wednesday night.
The Sixers star ended up missing his much-anticipated matchup with Gobert last month after he sat out due to a back issue, which he took some flak for.
“The Process” heard all the criticisms and took note of them all. After letting his game do the talking with a 40-point outburst against the Jazz, the ever-vocal big man doubled down on his unwavering stance and made sure to remind everyone who’s the leading the center position in the NBA today.
“According to reports, I’m scared of the Jazz and I’m scared of top centers. As we saw tonight, it looks like I was very, very scared of them,” Embiid sarcastically shared after the Sixers’ 131-123 win over the Jazz, via Derek Bodner of The Athletic. “So yeah, keep talking. Those matchups you want to go out there and just dominate, and prove to everybody that, as a team that we have a great team, and then individually, that I should be up there when it comes to those rankings and stuff. So hopefully that can clear that up with the reporters.”
Joel Embiid added that being snubbed from last season’s MVP and DPOY talks have only fueled him to be better this year. The 26-yer-old is currently at the top of this season’s MVP race as he’s been posting incredible numbers of 29.8 points per game, alongside 11.3 boards and 1.3 blocks.
The Sixers big man is also on his way to his fourth All-Star appearance this year after being selected as an All-Star starter in each of the past three seasons.