After several injury setbacks, Joel Embiid finally made his NBA debut. He played in front of a home crowd that cheered him on hard and clearly already loves him.
Part of that is his hilarious comments and actions off the court. He didn’t disappoint when asked by Sports Illustrated where he learned to shoot:
“You know how I learned to shoot? I watched white people. Just regular white people. They really put their elbow in and finish up top. You can find videos of them online.”
Given his history of joke interview answers, this has to be taken with a grain of salt. Sure, white players in the league have a reputation for shooting. But the idea of Embiid just sitting at home watching youtube videos of “regular” white people shooting the ball seems unlikely.
Either way, these kinds of answers are exactly why his fans love and why he’s become one of the most popular social media presences in the league.