Joel Embiid has been raining in buckets so fast this season that you might need an umbrella around him. He makes fans want to stomp on the replay with his highlight reel moves. He really has been putting in some work, work, work, work, work.
Yes, Joel Embiid has shined bright like a diamond so far this season, and his play has garnered him some all-star attention. Fans account for half of the vote in this year’s contest, and Embiid is making an impressive push toward a roster spot. A selection would make Embiid the 46th rookie to achieve All-Star status, but that’s not what is on the 7-footer’s mind.
Back in June 2014, Embiid reached out to well-known recording artist Rihanna on Twitter to confess his love and ask her on a date. It isn’t extremely clear how Rihanna responded, but we do know that she didn’t respond with a date. Poor Joel spent the next few years riding the Sixers bench while recovering from a lengthy foot injury, missing two full seasons while the 76ers sat at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Now, however, Embiid is bouncing back. He is currently the best player on the 76ers (some would say he runs this town), and he’s been getting some serious consideration to represent to the Eastern Conference in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
Embiid’s solid start to his rookie campaign has gained him a lot of media attention, with a lot of it focusing on his chances for Rookie of the Year. This honor, however would not be enough for his quest.
“Rookie of the year would be great, but I don’t think it’s going to help me get to my crush. Hopefully, the All-Star Game I’ll get to do that.”
In order to help make a push for All-Star status, Embiid has been pulling out all the stops. Last night, he turned his attention to one of our nation’s more gullible audiences- Trump supporters.
Embiid, who might be the most social-media savvy athlete in Philly sports history, threw up a tweet that seemingly shows Donald Trump’s endorsement for his All-Star bid:
This isn’t the first time a run-of-the-mill NBA player has tried going after Rihanna. Back in 2015, Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes (then with the Memphis Grizzlies) made Rihanna his #WCW on Instagram and told reporters their relationship was “just past the crush stage.” Embiid seems to be playing the underdog role off a lot better than Barnes, who just kind of creepily lied about dating her.
It would definitely be the biggest upset of the year if Embiid gets enough votes to earn a spot in the All-Star game and go on a date with Rihanna. If anyone thought 2016 was a strange year, 2017 could be off to a hot start very soon if Embiid can turn his fantasy into reality.