Sixers Star Joel Embiid Opens Up in Players Tribune Story
The journey was not easy for Joel Embiid, a Cameroon born player with the dream of cracking the NBA.
Less than a week ago, Embiid penned a first person account at The Players’ Tribune documenting and explaining that very journey. In a very Embiid styled mix of humour and realness, the Philadelphia Sixers star described how he learned about the game and what resources he used to his advantages.
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“I pretended my way to the NBA,” wrote Embiid. “I seriously got to the league by watching YouTube and living in the gym. There’s no other way to explain it. Remember when KG won the title with the Celtics, and he was acting all crazy, screaming out, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!!!!!!!!”
YouTube was always there for Embiid. When he was trying to teach himself how to shoot a basketball, he simply searched ‘WHITE PEOPLE SHOOTING 3 POINTERS.’ on YouTube.
“That speaks to me.” Embiid explained. “That’s my life. It happened so fast that it doesn’t even make sense.”
Embiid would also acknowledge a whole bunch of people who helped him reach this point.
“Thank you, Kobe. Thank you, Hakeem. Thank you, Mom and Dad. Thank you, Kansas. Thank you, Philly. Thank you, Lil’ Bow Wow. Thank you, Random White People. It’s a move, I swear.”
Yes, a big thank you to all the random white people for helping develop one of the game’s premier big men.