Joel Embiid Admits Twitter Recruiting of LeBron James Failed

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2014


Update: July 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET

Joel Embiid better work on his recruiting tactics if he is going to get free agents to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in the future.

On Friday afternoon, Sports Illustrated broke the news that LeBron James was going to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That led to this tweet from Embiid:

You got that right.

Embiid also has a question for another star:

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Update: July 4, 2014 at 6:52 p.m. ET

Even before Joel Embiid has ever played in an NBA game, he has already blocked LeBron James.

A few days have passed since Embiid made a pitch to James to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers, and not surprisingly, the rookie has not heard back from the superstar. Embiid is taking the lack of response pretty hard:

Well, it looks like Embiid has thrown in the towel. 

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Update: July 3, 2014 at 7:08 p.m. ET

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Joel Embiid has been using Twitter to push for LeBron James to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers, and now, the rookie is just hoping he isn't going to get in trouble with the league for his tactics.

No worries, Joel. You are in the clear.

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Update: July 2, 2014 at 9:15 p.m. ET

A day after his initial tweet to LeBron James, Joel Embiid is at it again. Are you just going to leave him hanging, LeBron?!

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LeBron James is in the process of choosing what team he wants to play for next season, and some squads have a better chance than others to land him. Even if a team isn't likely to land the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, it can still try to make a pitch to him.

The Philadelphia 76ers, who won a grand total of 19 games in 2013-14, don't exactly jump out as a logical landing spot for James. That isn't stopping new Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, whom the team selected with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, from making a pitch to the free agent:

Don't hold your breath on that one, Embiid.

Nobody knows how long Embiid will be out while recovering from his recent foot surgery. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie told reporters that the franchise will focus on the long-term health of the big man, leading to speculation that he could miss the entire season. 

That unknown will certainly hurt Philadelphia's chancesif it has any at allof landing James. 

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