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Joel Embiid says he’s back to doing ‘whatever I want’

Joel Embiid, Sixers

The old Joel Embiid is back.

After the Sixers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at home, Embiid addressed his cryptic social media posts from Monday, the Sixers’ fans booing him and how he’s going to act and play for the rest of the season.

Spoiler alert, Sixers fans are going to love Embiid’s response, via Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice:

“They’ve been going at me, I went back at them,” Embiid said about Sixers fans. “We’re all human beings, if I can take it, everybody else can take it to. We move on, we learn from it and move on. I got to do a better job, they got to do a better job, I understand where they come from.

“But then again, if you dish it, you got to be able to take it back,” Embiid continued. “At the end of the day, like I said in my location last night, it’s all love. I love my city, I’ve been here for a long time now. We have a special relationship, I’m happy to be here. I can’t wait for the future, especially this year, I think we can accomplish something great.

“I could have shushed them again, but it was all about having fun again, getting back to myself. Like I said after last game, I’m back to doing whatever I want and saying whatever I want. That’s how I used to be and I was dominating that way. This year I made a decision to change and I guess it hasn’t worked out, so it comes with good and bad. If it helps us win, and if it helps me help the team in a better way to win games, then I’m going to be that guy…it’s all love, I understand where they’re coming from, but I do know that they got my back.

“Through the injuries and what we been through, I’m still here. This is still my city, this is still our city, so we’re going to try to keep pushing and bring a championship.

Embiid was booed in pregame intros on Tuesday. He responded by putting up 26 points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes to help the Sixers defeat the Clippers, 110-103.

Embiid and the Sixers are now 34-21 on the season. Philly is in fifth place in the East and now an impressive 25-2 at home.