For Joel Embiid, being robbed of his chance to start in the All-Star game just comes in with no such surprise.
Following a dominant win over the Denver Nuggets wherein he outplayed two-time MVP Nikola Jokic with his 44 markers and 18 boards, the superstar big man aired his sentiments about being snubbed on the All-Star starters selection this season.
“I was not surprised,” Embiid said, via Ky Carlin of USA TODAY. “I think it’s well documented that I’m not well-liked and that’s cool. I don’t know if it’s because I troll a lot or that I guess I’m an (expletive), but it’s cool. I keep being me. I keep being an (expletive) and I keep trolling and if people don’t like it, that’s their problem. Like I said, it all goes back to winning.”
Despite charging the Sixers to the top-two seed of the East, Embiid was surpassed by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and Jayson Tatum in votes for the starters from the Eastern Conference – which gained a bitter reaction mostly from the Philly fans.
As he will settle on a reserve role for the All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, the Cameroonian center is just focusing himself on much bigger things outside of the controversy that happened.
“When you look at how many times he was an All-Star, they’re not gonna say he was a starter this many times which having been a starter the last five years, it is kind of disrespectful,” Embiid added. “I don’t think anybody has had a better year than me, but like I said, if you focus on the right things and everything is gonna go well for you.”