‘Fair To Be Pissed Off’: Joel Embiid Clarifies His Stance on Asking Philadelphia Fans To Be Better

Published 09/28/2021, 9:06 AM EDT
Dec 29, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) grabs a rebound against the Toronto Raptors during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


From Ben Simmons asking for a transfer to their rebuilding plan, Philadelphia 76ers have been in the spotlight lately. Philly’s star player Embiid previously made headlines asking the team’s fans to be better on Twitter. He recently elaborated on why he made this statement.

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Philadelphia is a city close to sports, and that is evident during NBA games. Last season, the Sixers were defeated by a young Hawks roster in the eastern conference semifinals. The players and management have been facing issues ever since then.

Dec 26, 2020; New York, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts to scoring a basket in front of New York Knicks guard Alec Burks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in New York at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

When Joel Embiid asked Philly fans to ‘be better’

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Amidst the tension of Ben Simmons asking for a trade from Philadelphia, Embiid got into the debate as well. The 76ers forward targeted Philadelphia’s fans by tweeting on his official account.

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Fans have the right to expect from their team, says Embiid

After Embiid’s statement on his fans, he clarified his stance recently. “The fans have the right to act the way the want to. Personally, I would not like to be in another city… Only fair for them to be pissed off when we lose…They work hard for the money they make…”

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Last season, Joel Embiid was actively part of the MVP race, averaging 28.5 points during the regular season. While his individual record was exceptional, 76ers as a team fell short in front of Trae Young’s army.

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After these conversations between the All-star and his fans, Embiid agrees with the disappointment shown towards their home team. Well, he’s asking for a little leeway amidst the chaos.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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