The NBA King of Social Media and Rookie Of The Year favorite, Joel Embiid, showed why he’s both on Monday night. In the first back-to-back win for the 76ers since March of 2015, “The Process” put up 22 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes and then posted an Instagram picture of himself being guarded by Hassan Whiteside with the location changed to “BBQ Chicken.”
As well as Embiid played, especially in the 4th, the league leader in rebounds, Whiteside, did score a career-high 32 points on 13 of 19 shooting, grabbed 13 boards and blocked 2 shots in the loss. When Shaq came up with the term “BBQ chicken,” he meant for it to only be used when an offensive player had an easy match-up against a defender; Whiteside is more like cold-cuts than BBQ chicken.
But I don’t believe Embiid was being serious at all. The BBQ chicken location is just the latest hilarious example of why he’s probably the most amusing NBA player to follow on Instagram. And if you look at his past locations, you will see he usually has a funny location, like “Dicktown” on his pic with Andrew Wiggins or “Asshole Central” for Andre Drummond.
“Philly loves that guy,” Whiteside said after the game. “I’ve never seen excitement like that. They love that dude. I was amazed.”
Embiid did show some respect for Whiteside by talking about the resurrection of “The Big Man” in the league.
“Around the league there’s a lot of young big men, and I think we’re starting to come back,” said Embiid. “So one thing I told him is keep killing it. As big men, we all want each other to do good. I’ve always studied him in the past. It’s always been a big man league, so I want it to stay like that.”