Joel Embiid emerged as the likely top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, with reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers were salivating over his workouts.
Then came the foot injury.
Embiid later was the biggest story of the Draft, with question marks about his health, career longevity and overall, just how far he would fall on the board.
Then, the Sixers took him with the third pick.
Embiid was second fiddle to Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, each selected ahead of him, and tabbed as future stars with no injury history.
Then, his Twitter account was discovered.
Now, Joel Embiid might just be the star of the 2014 NBA rookie class, at least with the fans, and especially with the fans that pay close attention to social media.
To date, the former Jayhawks big man has yet to reach the 2,000-tweet plateau, but he likely has more retweets than 98% of the towns in Kansas combined.
Since declaring for the draft, Embiid’s popularity has spiked significantly, and it’s not due to his talents on the court, but instead his mini-messages to the Twittersphere.
Like the rest of the country, Embiid was very active during the World Cup, not only rooting for the good ol’ U-S-of-A, but also his home country of Cameroon, where he lived until the age of sixteen.
First, Embiid started his Twitter reign by recruiting LeBron James to Philadelphia, while sending a playful jab to ESPN regarding his on-air reaction, and the broadcast’s tape delay.
Been a day.. still waiting for @KingJames to answer me like (TAPE DELAY GUYS) how can you do that to me? @espn pic.twitter.com/LkeGQLrszQ
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 3, 2014
There wasn’t just one LeBron tweet, but several.
I guess my recruiting skills didn’t work — Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 11, 2014
Once the King chose the Cavs, it was time for Embiid to move on to famous celebrity ladies.
Kim Kardashian was the first on the list, but Embiid later had to be informed that she was already taken.
Oh I didn’t know you were married sorry @KimKardashian just saw it from the fan’s tweet… have a nice day
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 16, 2014
Guess he hasn’t been “keeping up”.
See what I did there?
Embiid’s latest craze? Courting Rihanna:
BREAKING NEWS: Moving on from kk to Rihanna — Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 22, 2014
Nice. This. RT @JoelEmbiid SOURCES: Rihanna is considering JOEL EMBIID’s offer
— Kevin Paul (@kevinspaul) July 22, 2014
Best guess is that no one mentioned that Rihanna was rooting for Germany during the World Cup.
Better leave that sleeping dog, or perhaps tweet it at him, considering Embiid’s entertainment value has been off the charts. Any reaction could be priceless.
We better enjoy it now. Who knows when he’ll slip, or if his NBA employer chooses to put a muzzle on him. Let’s hope these 140-character-or-less tidbits of greatness continue.
Never change, Joel.
Or else we might have to see what Kris Humphries is up to.
In the organization and on the bench is just not the same as running the show yourself and being a head coach. LeBron is going to lead those players just as much as Blatt will.
Spoelstra was no rookie as he has been part of the Heat organization for a decade . David Blatt’s main experience has been the Euro Basketball League and managing the Russian Olympic team to bronze medal in London . So explain to me how what that weighs up against Erik Spoelstra in terms of professional experience ?
Remember, Spoelstra was a bit of a rookie with the Heat, too.
What do you think about the report that the Cavs are the only team negotiating a deal for Love? I wonder how long that will hold, and if Cleveland can get something done.
Love is a tough call right now. I think the Bulls may sneak in and put a better offer out there, especially if Cleveland is not willing to move Wiggins. I think Wiggins is the key. To be honest, I was hoping to see him go to Boston… the Celtics could use an additional building block, and the fans would embrace him in Beantown. That, and I have a share of a season ticket package…
Why do I know expect to see tweets coming from the SportsChump and out to some of the country’s hottest female celebs?
“Hey baby, it’s burger special night at my bar. Come and get it”
Beyond sad news on Bowlen. Awful news. I have a friend starting a company to try and come up with a solution to really push progress on that disease… one of the more depressing ones out there. I hope they make headway.
Embiid should be, yes. There were plenty of other teams lining up though. He would have had a chance from someone.
I guess that’s certainly one way to find a date, huh?
Well, yes, and with the Oden-like injury history, who knows what will happen during this career. Maybe he can find a career in social media. He sure is entertaining on there.
Yes, Dungy got pounced on immediately, though when I read the line, I know what he was getting at, but didn’t really read all that much into it afterward, simply knowing that it was going to escalate – and it did.
Embiid will be lucky to play this upcoming season given his ongoing injury issues .
Zoey Saldana is pregnant and Rihanna is becoming more of an eyesore by the second with regard to the number of guys who’ve allegedly ” nailed that piece of @ss ” .
Tony Dungy has become the latest frigging hypocrite within the NFL to show a lack of intelligence . Can anyone actually take that league seriously much less the game itself ? Dungy states the reason he would not have drafted Michael Sam would be because of the adverse publicity caused to a team . Yet his dumb @ss wanted aid Michael Vick and while head coach of the Buccaneers on the team’s roster was a spousal abuser Warren Sapp (charged twice with battering his now ex-wife Jameika Sapp ) .