Joel Embiid Says He's Glad He Went After LaVar Ball in Instagram Comments

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2017

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid in action during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Joel Embiid doesn't have any regrets about going after LaVar Ball.

Shortly after the NBA announced it had fined the Philadelphia 76ers center $10,000 for saying "F--k LaVar Ball" on Instagram, Embiid told the Variety Sports and Entertainment Panel on Thursday he was "glad" he voiced his opinion in profane terms. 

"I think most people have been wanting to say that," he said, in video captured by Sports Illustrated's Avery Yang. "I'm glad I said it."

Embiid's complete remarks can be viewed below (warning: NSFW language): 

Ball responded shortly after the Instagram video emerged and questioned Embiid's intelligence. 

"You gotta use cuss words when you don't have no intellect," he said, per TMZ Sports

"He's not intelligent at all. He's worried about me? He should be worrying about playing. I got three words for him: Can't. Play. At. All. Oh shoot, that's four."

Embiid's seemingly never been enthused by Ball's outspoken nature, and he implored teammate Ben Simmons to try and embarrass his son, Lonzo Ball, when the Sixers clash with the Los Angeles Lakers next season: 

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It may be a few years before the Sixers and Lakers develop a full-blown rivalry, but it's clear the two sides are well on their way to establishing some beef if the Ball-Embiid saga has been any indication.