‘Always Kicked His Bu**’: Joel Embiid Excited for New Partnership With Andre Drummond

Published 10/12/2021, 10:53 PM EDT
Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shoots over Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the first quarter in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The Philadelphia 76ers have only had bad news since their playoff exit last year. Majorly, it was all related to Ben Simmons and his desire to not play for the organization. However, this gave the team a great chance to come together as a unit. Now, even Joel Embiid seems to have found an unlikely partner in the team, and as always, he is having his fun.

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Through the whole Simmons situation, the 76ers made a few moves to add stability to their roster. One such move was for center Andre Drummond from the Lakers. Like Ben, Andre did not enjoy a great post-season last year. In the Lakers’ disappointing exit, he barely got any minutes. Driven with frustration, both parties said their goodbyes and he made his way to Philadelphia.

Jun 20, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter of game seven of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Many expected him to not work well with the team. But so far he has done well in the preseason. Moreover, Joel Embiid has also grown a liking towards the big man.

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Is Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond an unlikely partnership?

Embiid is coming off a career year from last season. The big man finished in the top 3 in the MVP race, but lost to another center, Nikola Jokic. Fueled with fire, the star is eager to prove himself and now he also has new reinforcements.

And it looks like he has made quite a connection with Andre Drummond. The two have shared quite a complicated relationship prior to being teammates. They had a beef when Drummond was in Detroit and Embiid got the better of him twice. They even went back and forth on Twitter, but Embiid called it all for fun. But, they seem to be friends now and are getting along well. Recently, Joel spoke about Drummond and had great things to say, but he also added his own touch of humor.

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Joel Embiid said: “He’s a great guy. Obviously I always kicked his bu**, and he knows it too. But it’s great to be in the same side. He’s a smart basketball player. I have a lot of respect for him. I think he’s going to be huge for us.”

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This is encouraging for the 76ers as the group seems to be getting along really well amidst all the drama. It seems like the whole Simmons situation created unity in the roster and they are looking great in the preseason. Now, with a potential Simmons return, Philadelphia could be major threats to any team.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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