Joel Embiid’s date with Rihanna looked like a lot of fun

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Joel Embiid moved on from Kim Kardashian and has been pursuing Rihanna over Twitter lately. It’s a win-win situation for Embiid. If he gets a positive response, he could end up going out on a date with Rihanna. If he doesn’t, at least he’s building a following with some funny tweets.

Take for instance this tweet/photo he sent on Thursday night. This was taken during Embiid’s “date” with Rihanna:

Seriously, how can you not root for the “Johanna” union after seeing that?

Embiid did manage to score a Twitter follow from Rihanna, so the guy is definitely winning for now. He did send some more tweets about his pursuit of Ri-Ri:

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Joel Embiid hilariously puts the Twitter moves on Rihanna

Joel EmbiidJoel Embiid won’t play enough next season to make a run at NBA Rookie of the Year, but the guy already has NBA Twitter MVP locked down.

The Philadelphia 76ers draft pick made some noise earlier this month by trying to recruit free agent LeBron James to Philly. Then a few weeks ago he turned his attention to recruiting Kim Kardashian, though that was for more personal reasons.

After having no luck with Kim, Embiid moved on to Rihanna. He sent these tweets Tuesday:

How awesome is it that he set dinner plans for them?

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Joel Embiid is trying to get LeBron James to join the Sixers

joel-embiid-draft-1With NBA free agency underway, it’s time for those currently without a contract to be on the receiving end of pitches and presentations from prospective teams.

Familiar names like Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kyle Lowry, and Lance Stephenson are available to the highest bidder and competition for their signatures has begun.

The big fish, of course, is LeBron James who opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat. While no one knows for sure what King James will do, a return to Miami certainly can’t be ruled out. In the event that doesn’t happen, there’s no shortage of players who would love to have James on their team.

Newly drafted Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is among them and reached out to James via Twitter on Tuesday.

The number of of mentions James receives is astronomical so it’s not out of the question that he didn’t see Embiid’s tweet. So, the third overall pick in last month’s draft decided to politely remind James he had not yet heard back.

Sometimes, persistence pays off. In this case, it will probably take a bit more than that for us to see LeBron James in a Sixers uniform.

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Joel Embiid burned by tape delay on his draft reaction (Video)

First impressions are everything and, in the case of Joel Embiid, everyone is going to always think that the former Kansas center did not want to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

When ESPN flashed to Embiid for his reaction to being drafted third overall by Philly Thursday, Embiid gave his best McKayla Maroney not impressed face.

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The problem is ESPN was showing how he looked prior to being drafted. Yes, he actually had a smile on his face when he was drafted, as tape delay showed:

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In an effort to straighten out public perception, the Sixers tweeted this:

Likely story, Philly. We all know that Embiid really just wanted to go to Boston or the Lakers instead. Even he tried to clear things up too though:

Report: Joel Embiid has more issues than foot, back

Joel Embiid KansasJoel Embiid may be the biggest wild card heading into the NBA Draft on Thursday night, and that is because of his rapidly growing injury history. Embiid is recovering from a broken foot that could scare teams away because of the devastating impact the injury has had on players in the past. He also missed the NCAA Tournament because of a back injury, but are there health concerns beyond his back and foot?

On Thursday morning, ESPN’s Chad Ford told “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that some teams are concerned about other undisclosed health issues.

“The feedback that I’ve gotten (from team sources) is it’s not just the foot,” Ford said, via 97.5 The Fanatic. “That’s the most serious thing, and it’s not just the back. There’s other things coming out of those medical reports that in totality have scared them away.”

We don’t know what Ford is referring to, but it gives you an idea of just how risky a pick the former Kansas Star might be. Everyone is thinking Greg Oden, and you can understand why.

Even with the back, foot and whatever else Embiid has going on, Ford said the only team he believes that has truly red-flagged him because of injury concerns is the Milwaukee Bucks at pick No. 2. While he doesn’t believe the Cleveland Cavaliers will draft Embiid at No. 1, Ford doesn’t necessarily think they have red-flagged him because they are exploring the possibility of trading down and then taking him.

While we wouldn’t draft Embiid in the top 10, I have a funny feeling he’ll be going earlier than some expected.

Joel Embiid tweets he is a Laker, then deletes it

Joel-Embiid-KansasJoel Embiid teased Lakers fans and NBA fans by tweeting Wednesday night that he was a Laker before deleting the tweet and blaming a friend.

Here’s what was sent from Embiid’s Twitter account:

Joel Embiid Laker tweet

Less than 10 minutes later, Embiid deleted the tweet and sent this follow-up:

Most of the time when people sent tweets they regret and claim they were hacked, we know they’re lying. In this case, I actually believe Embiid. Heck, if I were one of his buddies, that would be a fun trick to pull.

Oh, and for the record, ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne says the Lakers would pass on Embiid if he were still available when they were picking at No. 7 overall because of concerns over his foot injury. So would I.

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Bucks owner says team won’t draft Joel Embiid

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The Milwaukee Bucks have the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Before Joel Embiid broke his foot, there were three players we could envision the Bucks using their pick on. Now, it appears there are only two.

On Monday morning, Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry told Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his team’s decision got “a lot easier” after it was announced that Embiid needed foot surgery.

The Bucks have a new ownership group that is apparently not going to be patient with its 15-67 team. Barring a shocking turn of events, Milwaukee will select either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins after the Cleveland Cavaliers take one of the two with the No. 1 overall pick.

Embiid’s injury could really go either way. On one hand, NBA executives are terrified by the fact that he is a big player who has the same injury that forced Yao Ming and Bill Walton out of basketball. On the other, Embiid is a young player and his injury was addressed immediately. He is only 20 years old and will have ample time to recover.

While you certainly understand teams not wanting to risk using an early pick on Embiid, he could become a steal for a team in the middle of the first round with such a top-heavy draft class.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk