Sixers’ Joel Embiid reveals his trash-talking strategy
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is known as one of today’s best trash-talking players. The Sixers star doesn’t only trash talk on the court, but also off of it using Twitter and Instagram as his channels.
More than usual, Embiid really gets under the skin of his matchups as evidenced by guys like Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside. He doesn’t get them irritated just because he talks junk, but also because he is very good at what he does.
Embiid is one of the best big men in the game and is quickly rising as of the game’s biggest superstars. In an interview with The Athletic, he details his mentality when it comes to talking trash:
“I mean, usually when I do that, it’s not a mentality to have beef with someone, it’s in a playful way,” Embiid said. “I’m competitive. I want to win. And I have some reasons why I can do it. Because I know when we actually play against each other, they’re going to be extra aggressive. I feel like that’s how I get in their head and that’s going to cause them to foul me a lot. That’s just a mind game, that if they fall into it, oh well. I don’t know what to do for them. If anybody ever takes it seriously, that’s a problem.
“Most of the time, even with the trash talk, I try to be about my game on the court, but I actually don’t start it,” Embiid said. “I just keep going with it. Because even though other guys start it, I let them do what they want, and then I just finish it.”
The best talkers in the game not only just talk the talk but also walk the walk, and Joel Embiid can certainly back up his talk as he is currently averaging 27.0 points and 12.4 rebounds per game for a Sixers team looking to be one of the East’s elite this season.