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Ben Simmons’ brother ‘likes’ tweets dissing Joel Embiid

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Ben Simmons’ brother may be trying to start Philadelphia 76ers: Civil War.

A pair of recently “liked” tweets by Simmons’ brother Liam went viral this week. One tweet from New Zealand-based basketball writer Stevie Cozens called it “bulls–t” that Joel Embiid and Doc Rivers did not back Ben in their respective press conferences after the Sixers were eliminated from the playoffs. The other tweet by Australian comedian Dave Hughes said of Embiid, “You don’t want to play with this guy. He ain’t team.”

Liam has since made his Twitter account private amid the controversy over the “liked” tweets. But you can see the screenshots of his “likes” here.

In fairness, Embiid did essentially throw Ben under the bus after Ben passed up a wide-open dunk late in Philadelphia’s season-ending playoff loss. But since the two players are the Sixers’ franchise cornerstones right now, any unnecessary drama from family members will only make matters worse.

Liam, who is the head coach at Division II Colorado Christian University, has also been Ben’s shooting coach in recent years. With how badly Ben continues to struggle on that front, Liam definitely is not earning many points with the public right now.

Joel Embiid changing agents, leaving CAA

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Joel Embiid’s offseason started earlier than he would have liked it to, but he is already making moves.

Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Thursday that the 76ers star has left Creative Artists Agency. Embiid was represented by Leon Rose until Rose became president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks last year. The four-time All-Star then continued at CAA under the representation of Michael Tellem, son of famed agent Arn Tellem. Now Embiid is said to be interested in building the right marketing team.

Pompey’s report gives no indication about where Embiid might be headed next. But it is worth noting that Embiid’s co-star in Philly, Ben Simmons, is represented by powerhouse Klutch Sports. Former Sixer Nerlens Noel, who is close friends with Embiid, also used to be a Klutch client.

In any case, Embiid should have plenty of suitors vying to represent him. It is especially so with the new supermax extension that he is now eligible for.

Joel Embiid sends cool tweet despite being eliminated

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid had a cool message for Philadelphia 76ers fans despite being eliminated on Sunday night.

Embiid has been playing with a torn meniscus and trying to do his best despite being injured. He averaged 30.4 points per game during Philly’s series with the Atlanta Hawks.

After the Game 7 defeat, Embiid shared a note with Sixers fans in which he apologized for the series loss. He also credited the city’s toughness as his reason for fighting through an injury.

A message like that will no doubt further endear Embiid to Sixers fans. They will continue to love him, while Ben Simmons falls out of favor with the team and likely ends up elsewhere.

Look: John Collins trolled Joel Embiid with T-shirt after Game 7

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John Collins and Joel Embiid were going after each other throughout their playoff series, and Collins got in the final blow.

After his Atlanta Hawks defeated Embiid’s Philadelphia 76ers 103-96 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Sunday, Collins trolled Embiid with a T-shirt. The shirt Collins wore to his postgame media conference featured him posterizing Embiid with a dunk.

The shirt featured a photo of Collins jamming over Embiid on an alley-oop in Game 6:

Embiid’s Sixers actually won Game 6 despite Collins’ big dunk. The two players even got into a confrontation during the game. But Atlanta got the win in Game 7, and Collins ended up with the last laugh.

Joel Embiid throws Ben Simmons under the bus after Game 7 loss

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Ben Simmons’ utter refusal to shoot late in Game 7 of his Philadelphia 76ers’ 103-96 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night bothered his teammates pretty badly.

Joel Embiid wasn’t trying to call out Simmons, but he couldn’t help but do so after the loss. The Sixers big man said the game turned when Simmons refused to shoot an open layup down 88-86 and 3:30 to go in their game.

Here is the play:

Instead, Matisse Thybulle was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws. The Hawks responded with an easy basket, and then Embiid missed a shot. Then Trae Young hit a three-pointer to make it 93-87.

After the game, Embiid said he felt the game turned on that play.

Simmons had such a wide open shot that it has to be beyond frustrating for his teammates not to see the former No. 1 pick take advantage of it. Embiid probably feels similarly to Doc Rivers.

Joel Embiid trying not to recognize Trae Young

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Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young has torched the Philadelphia 76ers in just about every game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the two teams, but Joel Embiid believes the point guard has gotten plenty of help from the officials. Though, we can only assume Embiid was talking about Young when he complained about the officiating following Game 6.

After the Sixers beat the Hawks on Friday night to even the series at 3-3, Embiid told reporters he does not feel the calls in the series are going both ways. In doing so, he referred to Young as Atlanta’s “point guard” twice rather than using his name.

“I just felt like it wasn’t called both ways, especially because of the minimal contact that they get on the point guard, and when it comes to us, we don’t get the same thing,” Embiid said, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So I just want it called both ways. If you’re going to call something like nothing on their point guard, it should be the same way and call the same thing (for) me when I get — if I get — touched.”

We doubt it was a coincidence that Embiid avoided using Young’s name. Young has averaged more than 30 points per game in six games against Philadelphia, so perhaps Embiid is bitter about that.

Young only shot five free throws during Game 6, which was one more than Embiid had. The Hawks have made it clear they are focusing on slowing down Embiid, but the big man has matched Young’s scoring output with 30.3 points per game. Embiid is also averaging 13.0 rebounds in the series.

NBA playoff series have a tendency to get chippy, especially when they go to seven games. Embiid is simply fueling the tension by refusing to use Young’s name.

Joel Embiid was livid over officiating in 76ers’ Game 6 win

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The Philadelphia 76ers staved off elimination Friday against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6, but Joel Embiid was not a happy man following the win.

Embiid criticized what he felt was a disparity in the officiating during Friday’s game, suggesting the Hawks guard Trae Young was the beneficiary of soft calls that the Sixers weren’t getting.

“I just felt like it wasn’t called both ways, especially because of the minimal contact that they get on the point guard, and when it comes to us, we don’t get the same thing,” Embiid said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “So I just want it called both ways. If you’re going to call something like nothing on their point guard, it should be the same way and call the same thing [for] me when I get — if I get — touched.”

Embiid was also critical of the fact that he received a technical foul for his fourth quarter altercation with John Collins. He said Young pushed him from behind during the scuffle and got away with it.

“I got a tech for it, and I didn’t think it was an offensive foul,” Embiid said. “I was just trying to stay calm and have my hands up. And someone was pushing me from the back, and I don’t understand why I got a tech.”

It’s pretty clear that Embiid thinks Young is getting favorable treatment from referees. It’s worth noting, however, that Young shot five free throws during Friday’s game, only one more than Embiid had.

The Hawks have made clear that making Embiid work hard for everything he gets is part of their strategy. It does appear to be frustrating him a bit, no matter how the games are being officiated.

Video: Joel Embiid, John Collins have confrontation in Game 6

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Tensions were running high late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Game 6 between the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers.

76ers center Joel Embiid drove at Hawks forward John Collins with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Both players fell to the ground, and Collins appeared to shove Embiid as the pair got to their feet. Embiid — with his arms outstretched — then backed Collins behind the basket, prompting a scuffle between both teams that also involved security.

At least one player, backup center Bruno Fernando, was seen leaving the Atlanta bench during the scuffle. If confirmed, that would lead to him being suspended for the Hawks’ next game.

Collins appears to be doing most of the confronting, even as Embiid backed him down. The Sixers center was careful to keep his arms raised as if to demonstrate that he wasn’t doing any punching or shoving. Both players received technical fouls for their role in the altercation, but nothing more.

The series has been heated, and Embiid has even gotten into it a bit with Atlanta fans. A scuffle like this isn’t really a shock in light of that, especially in the waning minutes of Game 6 with Philadelphia’s season on the line.

Joel Embiid avoids media after blowing Game 5

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Joel Embiid did not talk with the media after his Philadelphia 76ers choked in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Embiid scored 37 points with 13 rebounds but missed his final three shots and final two free throws of the game. His 76ers blew a 26-point lead and fell 109-106 to the Hawks. T

Embiid’s missed free throws with 10.9 seconds left stood out as a big blunder. The Sixers were down by three and could have made it a 1-point game if Embiid hadn’t choked at the line.

The usually affable big man ended up not speaking with the media after the game. This was unusual coming from the biggest media personality on the team. Embiid usually talks with reporters postgame, including after Game 4 when he went viral.

It’s not easy to face tough questions after you’ve screwed up. Embiid knows that, which is why he avoided them entirely. His Sixers now trail 3-2 in the series.

Only Doc Rivers, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris spoke with reporters after the game. Here is what Rivers had to say.

Joel Embiid, Luka Doncic set for pay raises after making All-NBA teams

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Joel Embiid and Luka Doncic both are in line for big pay raises after making the All-NBA teams this year.

Embiid and Doncic were both named to the All-NBA teams that were announced on Tuesday. Embiid made the second team for the second time in three years. That makes him eligible for a super max contract extension worth an approximate $191 million.

Doncic made first-team All-NBA for the second year in a row. That makes him eligible to sign a rookie max extension for 30 percent of the salary cap. ESPN’s Bobby Marks projects the extension as being worth around $201.5 million.

Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell were also impacted. Tatum made third-team All-NBA last season but missed the cut this year. Mitchell has not yet made an All-NBA team. They were eligible to receive an additional $33 million if they were named to an All-NBA team.

Here is an explainer regarding terms that guide supermax contract extensions and how honors like All-NBA affect them.