Joel Embiid Hilariously Baits Jazz Rookie Donovan Mitchell Into A Technical Foul

Bryan Brandom
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Joel Embiid didn’t turn his Philadelphia 76ers’ matchup with the shorthanded Utah Jazz into another torture chamber of interior-scoring mastery, but he still left his mark on his squad’s 107-86 victory.

Just as he left a mark on the ball when Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell tried to score past the Philly center and his considerable dimensions.

Late in the fourth quarter, a doomed drive resulted in an Embiid block and Mitchell’s body sliding across the floor.

Embiid then, uh, complimented the rookie on a good effort, causing him to retaliate with a shove to Embiid’s back.

Either Mitchell is secretly Superman or the 76ers center flopped, because he went flying, causing hopeful Philly fans to hold their collective breath and garnering a technical foul for Mitchell, which resulted in a jubilant Embiid celebration that included a Gladiator-style “Are you not entertained?!”

Embiid then cemented his status as the NBA’s biggest troll—literally and figuratively—by admitting to baiting Mitchell into his T.

If you’re worried the giant will face consequences for his actions in the form of a fine, don’t worry, Philly’s got his back.

Embiid finished the victory with 15 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks while playing on a sore knee.

“The whole game I thought I was kind of flat,” Embiid said. “I was kind of going through the motions. I needed that, getting the crowd going. … It was all fun after the game. [Mitchell and I] shook hands. It was just about having fun.”

“The young kid in me kind of showed,” Mitchell said. “Inexperience right there in that moment, because I think we were down (13) and we ended up losing by 21.”