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Joel Embiid Fooled People with Story About Killing a Lion as a 6-Year-Old

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 5: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after a made basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center on November 5, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cavaliers defeated the 76
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Andrew GouldFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 17, 2017

Joel Embiid took an unconventional path to the NBA. During that journey, he toyed with stereotypes believed by his peers.

On Friday, he and Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown joined Adrian Wojnarowski for an interview on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. The Cameroon native discussed a number of things, such as his brother's death and the United States presidential election. (Embiid had already made his opinion clear on Donald Trump before elaborating on his concerns to Wojnarowski.)

Embiid also revealed that, while enrolled at Kansas, he tested everyone's preconceived notions of African life by telling a story about killing a lion as a child.

The tidbit is yet another funny tale that will endear the 22-year-old to his quickly expanding fanbase, it also provided an important lesson about how overcoming stereotypes can lead to understanding and empathy among those from different backgrounds.

[The Vertical]

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