Joel Embiid Defends Sixers Fans for Booing Against Nets’ Kevin Durant in WWE’s Kurt Angle Fashion

Published 04/15/2021, 1:01 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after a foul call during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Sixers defeated Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night to claim the series 2-1. They also reclaimed their #1 EC ranking as they defeated their greatest opponents 123-117 in a surprisingly close game. Surprising, because the Nets were playing without at least four of their all-star faces, and yet they pulled a decent show.

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But the highlight of the night became the booing that came against the name of Kevin Durant. It was as if Wells Fargo Center had converted into a WWE arena where the crowd was booing the entrance of Kurt Angle on his theme song. 

Joel Embiid came out in the support of Philly crowd

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The booing picked up during the clutch time when the Philadelphia Sixers were 119-115 ahead and Joel Embiid was taking a free throw attempt. The Sixers had led the game for the initial three quarters but faced a tight competition in the decisive quarter.

It was a three-point game until the final minute when Philly took off. Meanwhile, the 4000-people strong crowd stunned Kevin Durant on the bench who faced a “You s—” chant. 

In the post-game interview, The Process covered for the crowd by suggesting, “When you play in Philly, they’re going to push you…”

The MVP prospect from Sixers enjoyed a 39-point night while their DPOY contender Ben Simmons accumulated 9 assists, 3 steals, and a block. For the Nets, the lone warrior in Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, while guard Landry Shamet played amazingly in the final quarter.

When the Sixers crowd booed The Process 

The Philly crowd has always been a tough nut. That they could boo a player who is not even on the court spoke volumes about their idea of getting under the skin.

Now, Kevin Durant might get his chance at revenge only when/if they potentially play in the conference finals. However, last year in February, the same crowd had booed their own Joel Embiid

The Sixers were playing against Zach LaVine’s Bulls as Embiid was struggling with his shotmaking. However, just as the score tied at 83 each, The Process switched gears and began dropping bombs.

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Also, he was repeatedly signaling ‘shushes’ towards the demanding Philly crowd even as they won the game. 

So yes, it is for the benefit of the Sixers that the crowd becomes their bench strength and goes on a full-blown attack on any mediocre performance. Can they help the Sixers win most of their home games? Only time will tell.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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