Philadelphia 76ers star big man Joel Embiid has his own opinions on the league today, and he’s not holding back his thoughts or his game.
The Sixers started off the season with high expectations with the emergince of Rookie of the Year winner Ben Simmons, the return of last year’s #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, and of course the showcase that Embiid puts on night to night.
Embiid is putting up strong, MVP caliber numbers so far this season. He’s averaging 28.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.4 blocks in 34.7 minutes played per game.
Embiid recently spoke to Micahel Lee of the Athletic:
“I want to dominate,” Embiid told The Athletic recently, when asked why his colorful, playful trash talk has become an essential part of his game…
“It’s fun. One thing when I started playing in the league, I saw that a lot of guys are friendly. It’s OK to be friendly, especially off the court. But on the court, I want to dominate,” Embiid continued. “I don’t really care about the friendships on the court. I got my friends. I got my family, which I’m close to. I got a couple of friends that I’m always around. I don’t do anything. I don’t need to hang out with a lot of people.
“So me always talking trash … nowadays the league is kind of soft. I’m trying to dominate and if you dominate, you’re going to be hated because you’re going to talk so much stuff.”
The league needs more players like Embiid, as he brings his tough attitude wherever he plays and he backs it up with his dominant performances.
The 24-year-old from Cameroon signed a 5-year, $147,710,050 million maximum contract extension back in October of last season.