Joel Embiid recently proved that sometimes the harshest thing you can say about someone is the truth.
During a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast, Embiid made a blistering point in regard to Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley.
The comment was presented so calmly, and yet so ruthlessly, that you almost didn’t realize how nasty it was until you fully let it register.
Just listen to this:
“The way I also look at trash talk is, like, you gotta back it up,” Embiid began. Like I’ll mention one name, no disrespect…”
Redick immediately knew it was Beverley.
“I feel like, yeah, he’s fun and all that stuff and it’s good for you guys [points to the podcast co-hosts] on tv to talk about the next morning or wherever that is,” continued Embiid.
“But I feel like if you can’t back it up, I don’t know, to me it just feels weird to be in a position where like you’re always talking trash nonstop, nonstop. But like how are you gonna back it up? Are you gonna come down, get the ball and go score on the person and then go on the other end and lock him down and talk more trash? He can’t do it because that’s [not] what he does.”
Embiid has had some notable run-ins with Beverley during games, but nothing more major than he has experienced with other players. That’s what makes this disrespect all the more heinous.
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Beverley is a unique guy. He’s someone who goes as far as to chase down rival players in parking lots after the game. His savage comments are legendary, too – particularly the ones involving Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook.
But Embiid got him here. No question about it.