Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid was given a warning from the league for flopping against the Detroit Pistons, the NBA announced on Tuesday via ESPN’s Ian Begley.
The warning is simply just that, however — a warning. And that means Embiid will not be fined for his flopping. But the league says if he violates their policy again, then he will be charged $5,000. Additionally, on the play where Embiid flopped, the league withdrew a technical foul against Pistons center Andre Drummond.
After their overtime loss to the Pistons, Embiid would say the following about Drummond: “I think I own a lot of real estate in his head. We lost, so I’m not supposed to talk trash, but he knows damn well that he can’t guard me.”
But the Pistons won the game in the end. That’s what matters, right? Drummond seems to (rightfully) think so.
Drummond took to Twitter to respond, however. Because NBA drama is the best drama.
Lol does he? If that’s so he wouldn’t be so excited to have me off the floor? Think about it that’s a silly statement ! I’ll take the W though enjoy flight home #Emmyaward winning actor
— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) October 24, 2018
These two are obviously no strangers to one another. They love to exchange words about each other, and that didn’t stop before this season. Embiid says Drummond “doesn’t play defense” and couldn’t shoot. That, of course, would prompt Drummond to respond by saying Embiid can’t stay healthy and play back-to-back nights.
Their next game against each other comes on November 3 when the Sixers travel to Detroit. Will more choice words be said then? Of course. And then both players will probably tweet about it.
Buckle up, NBA fans.