The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 122-97 last weekend.
Given the final score and how thorough of a thumping it was, the outing itself was regarded by most observers as fairly unremarkable.
One moment that did raise a few eyebrows, though?
A midgame exchange between Sixers star Joel Embiid and Clippers head coach Ty Lue.
Ty Lue: “Embiid is #1 in the league in free throws and James Harden is #3. You take away their free throws and neither guy would be top-10 in scoring.”
Joel Embiid: 27 Pts on 7/8 FT
James Harden: 29 Pts on 11/11 FT
Embiid with a little something for Ty Lue after this bucket lol pic.twitter.com/ej6ZkAwKX6
— Josh Reynolds (@JoshReynolds24) March 26, 2022
Afterward, Lue was asked to expound on what precisely happened there.
I asked Ty Lue what Joel Embiid said to him in this moment.
Joel said, “Oh, so I can’t score without free throws, huh?”
Ty Lue was initially confused, but later explained to Embiid his quote was taken out of context and what he meant. Embiid understood, says Ty. pic.twitter.com/KaLKP5A5ST
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) March 28, 2022
While Lue obviously (and somewhat justifiably) claimed his quote was taken out of context, it’s easy to see why Embiid felt some type of way about it.
Mind you, this is a guy who isn’t even afraid to go after his own coach. Just look at the shade he threw at Doc Rivers after Tuesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Embiid on the stretch that he thought changed the game: “Their best player scored 17 in a row or whatever that was, I didn’t think we did what we had to do.” pic.twitter.com/LVqdcY8tmq
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 30, 2022
So of course Embiid will go after a rival coach who he feels like may have slighted him.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t Lue’s first weird exchange with a rival player this year. He had something similar occur with him and LeBron James during a recent Los Angeles Lakers game.
For better or worse, Lue isn’t afraid to speak his mind – even if opposing players, coaches and executives don’t like it.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/TmaqxJY2Oa
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 29, 2022
What sort of drama will that stir up next?
Time will tell.