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Joel Embiid recruited Giannis Antetokounmpo to come to Philly

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid made the most of his first time as an All-Star starter, rubbing shoulders with budding Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and leaving a lasting impression.

The 7-footer came up short from an All-Star nod last season, but after getting in as a starter, used his leverage to persuade his fellow rising star into playing together someday.

“He told me I should trust the process and come play for Philly,” Antetokounmpo said with a chuckle, drawing a laugh, according to Matt Velasquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “That was my reaction — I just laughed.”

Antetokounmpo enjoyed his second straight trip to the All-Star Game, but noted he would have a hard time picturing himself in the City of Angels due to the constant state of chaos.

“I could never see myself being out there,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s great for two, three days but it’s a little bit — things are going a little bit crazy.”

“Of course, because of the All-Star Game, there was a lot of people there… In Milwaukee — I love Milwaukee — it’s low-key. I can walk down the road, down the streets without anybody bugging me — nobody interrupts my conversation or anything. I love how quiet and calm Milwaukee is.”

It’s hard to tell if The Greek Freak would consider Philadelphia as a potential home, but the team would have to move some of its young talent in order to form a scary frontcourt comprised of Antetokounmpo, Embiid, and shining rookie Ben Simmons.