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Joel Embiid quotes Drake in cryptic tweet at same time as Sixers’ Doc Rivers hire

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid possibly reacted to news of Doc Rivers becoming his next head coach by simply quoting a Drake lyric at nearly the exact moment the Rivers hire was announced.

“Take my verses too serious you’ll hate me,” the center tweeted at 5:38 p.m. ET on Thursday, one minute before ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news.

As Twitter users pointed out, the lyric can be credited to one Aubrey Graham, specifically the track “Successful” featuring Trey Songz and Lil’ Wayne, off of Drake’s 2009 “So Far Gone” mixtape.

It’s unclear precisely what Embiid is implying by sharing the relatively vague bar, but he could be sending a signal to Sixers fans, the media, NBA followers, or possibly his new head coach to not read too deep into how his words and actions are conveyed—not unlike what I am doing right now.

If you’d like to surmise a meaning from Embiid’s post, here’s the section of the “Successful” verse from which he’s quoting:

‘Cause I’m the one to paint a vivid picture, no HD
Yeah, I want it all, that’s why I strive for it
Diss me, you’ll never hear a reply for it
Any award show or party, I get fly for it

Obviously, Embiid can enjoy all the Drake music he wants, though it’s somewhat ironic that he chose to quote a superfan and ambassador of the team that famously eliminated the Sixers from the postseason in unforgettable fashion in Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference semifinals. No word yet as to whether Meek Mill is offended by Embiid’s choice of rapper to quote.