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Joel Embiid says his trash talk isn’t meant to be disrespectful

Joel Embiid

When it comes to trash talk in the NBA, perhaps no one has carved out a claim to fame more quickly than Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid. He not only utilizes his words on the court, but also his various social media accounts whether it’s on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.

One of the best ways he trolls other NBA players is with Instagram photos of him dunking on players, and changing the location on the photo to something related to that play.

Here’s a recent one he posted after a loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder:

Tough loss #TheProcess

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But Embiid also knows the limits of trash talk, and prides himself on never going over the line while doing it, per Jovan Buha of ESPN.

“I’m not disrespecting them,” Embiid said. “This game is about being competitive and having fun. When I get on the court, I want to win and also I want to have fun. Trash talk is a way for me to do that. So it’s not really disrespectful. At the end of the day, I’m sure these guys know that. … This is a brotherhood. I’m just looking to have fun.”

Embiid is one of those rare players that allows his personality all the way out, whether it be to the media or other players or fans, and he does it through his social media as well. One of the reasons he is so good at trolling online is he is a young player. At only 23 years old, he comes from a generation of quick-thinking internet-savvy people.

Joel Embiid


No other players have ever really complained about Embiid’s version of trash talking. In fact, many of them like to clap back at him and join the fun.

While there have been many players to use trash talk to actually demoralize and embarrass opponents, Embiid is doing so in a way that’s consistent with today’s NBA.