Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Joel Embiid celebrates All-Star nod by brushing off Rihanna

Joel Embiid celebrates All-Star nod by brushing off Rihanna

It took Joel Embiid a few years to start truly making his mark in the National Basketball Association but, as of Thursday, he's now an All-Star. and an All-Star starter at that. As captains, they will draft the rosters for the February 18 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Embiid is the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013. Iverson, however, didn't participate in the game because his daughter, Messiah, was ill. The last time the Sixers were above.500 came on December 12. "I'm excited, but I believe in God".

"I feel like we're right there with them", Embiid said.

Each captain's first four selections must come from the pool of eight remaining starters. Players (25 percent) picked Porzingis. The starters from the West are Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Embiid finished third in the fan voting for Eastern Conference frontcourt players. Thankfully for Sixers fans, Embiid took the third spot behind James and Antetokounmpo in both the media and fan ballots.

In all, Embiid has missed nine games total because of rest, back tightness and knee rehabilitation.

In true Embiid fashion, he trusts the process, but doesn't want anything to do with someone who doubted him. Marcus Morris and Al Horford were the leading scorers for the Celtics with just 14 points each. "It's not on me". He expressed heightened concern to Boston's medical staff after Tuesday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and underwent imaging that confirmed no structural damage. "But hopefully, back-to-backs by the end of this month, I will be allowed to play".

Embiid, who entered the game against Boston averaging 23.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per night, now has a little bit more ammo if he decides to resume his pursuit of Rihanna.

He doesn't have to score 30 points in a game or grab 12 rebounds to make a difference in the game, and that's what makes him so great.

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Embiid has scored 30 points in seven games this season, including a career-high 46 against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 15. However, star point guard Kyrie Irving was absent for the marquee game.

"I've said this: If he stays healthy, he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer", T.J. McConnell said.

Fans had Oladipo, 634,495 votes, as the fourth guard in the East behind Simmons and Cavaliers' veteran Dwyane Wade fifth with 617,271 votes.

Of the 249 players who got a starter vote, more than half - 53 percent - appeared on no more than two ballots cast.

A few years ago Embiid would have jumped on the opportunity to date his celebrity crush, but as he was healing his foot, knee and back, he was also healing his heart.

When asked about being selected, Kyrie said, "I am super proud that I can represent the Celtics in L.A. and look forward to putting on a show".

Fans on Twitter are excited too.

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