Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons Have Escalated Their War With The Balls

Kyle Scott - July 14, 2017

Joel Embiid speaking at some conference:

Embiid: “I just got fined for saying something that I think most people have been wanting to say, but I guess I was the guy to say it and I’m glad I said it.”

Random woman: “Maybe it didn’t need the curse word.”

Embiid: “Maybe we gotta chill on the curse word… but that’s just something I had to do because everybody been thinking about it, but I’m glad I did.”

God he’s a gem.

Allow me to be selfish for a moment: We’re not used to this in Philly. We don’t get national personalities like this. Yankees fans are used to this sort of thing. They’re comfortable with the fact that they’re already having to share Aaron Judge – his marketability is so rich and a phrase like “all rise” makes me so insanely jealous that I drunk dial it at 3 a.m. wondering who it’s with – with a national audience. Bur our stars are usually our stars. Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Claude Giroux, Brian Westbook, Brian Dawkins– all of those guys were known nationally, sure, but they were ours. Even Allen Iverson, international superstar, had such an edge to him that we could lay claim to being the one city that truly got him. In recent years, maybe guys like Donovan McNabb and Chris Pronger had national appeal in their sports, but it’s rare we get truly national personalities. Embiid is a national personality. He’s played 31 games and he’s presenting at the ESPY’s. He’s doing national commercials. He has a very public beef with LaVar Ball. He’s talking on Variety sports panels.

From a blogging standpoint, I love it. From a fan standpoint, I don’t know how to feel. I’m an only child– I don’t like sharing. Embiid is great, but he’s not ours. He’s everyone’s. That will be hard to get used to.

Anyway, while Jojo was doubling down on his Ball comments, Ben Simmons added some fuel to this scorching hot, possibly contrived fire when he commented on LeBron James’ IG post about Lonzo Ball wearing Nike’s:

NBA beefs are so hot right now. So hot.

Side note: I think most of this stuff with Embiid is tongue-in-cheek. Simmons, on the other hand… that dude means it. I think he’s serious. I think he really wants to disembowel the Ball family. Should be fun to watch.


  • CHRISTOPHER ROSCIA July 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Totally agree with everything you wrote here. And typically I disagree with you.

    • Some jiz July 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

      McGregor in 4!

  • BIBBLES July 14, 2017 at 8:55 am


  • Detective Jack Wagon July 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

    speaking of beefs, how did no one look at cosmo dinardo and not realize the dude was a sociopath serial killer?

    • Some jiz July 14, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Anyone that shaves their widows peak like that is completely worthless

      • eddie munster July 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

        But natural is ok, right?

      • Ron Bowman is a dumb ape July 14, 2017 at 10:51 am

        First thing I thought of when I saw his mugshot

    • The Real The Dodgers and Phillies Have No History July 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

      It’s nice to know that a clerical error prevented him from being taken into custody on June 21st. You gotta love a system that allows paperwork to contribute to a quadruple homicide.

      • Faye Dunaway July 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

        Forget it Jake, it’s Bensalem.

  • just saying July 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Maybe these clowns should get on the court before talking trash.

    • just typing July 14, 2017 at 9:05 am

      You didn’t actually say it.

      • just saying July 14, 2017 at 9:19 am

        Yes, I said it out loud as I typed it.

        • just typing July 14, 2017 at 9:23 am

          But if no one heard it, does it count?

          • The Real The Dodgers and Phillies Have No History July 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

            I was next to him. I heard it.

    • VInce Young July 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

      What’s wrong with telling everyone how great you are before you have even played one game together?

  • J July 14, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Does anyone know what I am up to these days?

  • Sports Radio is dead July 14, 2017 at 9:41 am

    What’s with 97.5 doing all these please praise us shows lately. Midday did it a few weeks ago, Mike did it the other day, and now fat Cuz is doing it today. Its sports radio and these guys act like they’re some sort of geniuses for it. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to talk Eagles and Sixers records or playoff chances.

    • Philly Media is the show July 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Cuz and Mikey Miss are legendary broadcasters. You should be going to Fantasy Fest to praise them.

    • Ron Bowman is a dumb ape July 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Lol he literally gave away all their Fantasy Fest tickets this morning to anyone who called in. Guy totally doesn’t care anymore realizing his days are numbered.

  • TS July 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Halladay was a hired gun…he was a Blue Jay.

  • Ralph furley July 14, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Kyle should post something about Cosmo . He would drum up some nice page views and comments

    • Sixers stories only July 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

      The only way Kyle writes about him would be if the sixers signed him to a 10 day contract.

      • Larry from the regal beagle July 14, 2017 at 10:14 am


    • Pretty Much Everyone July 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Or about hotties Julian and Sheena. T&A stuff people on here REALLY care about

    • The Real The Dodgers and Phillies Have No History July 14, 2017 at 10:28 am

      He killed four drug dealers and his parents were obviously Seinfeld fans.

  • Yeah, But July 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Kyle is gone for the day…on his way to mommy’s beach house

  • Butthead July 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

    huh huh huh huh. he said “the balls”

  • Harry Widener July 14, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Another, “Hey in Philly we’re not used to this!” Shut up Scott, you’re the only one who seems to freak out anytime someone has a personality. Newsflash, we’ve had national stars before. You always whine about how we don’t know how to handle big stars in this city, but you’re the one who peddles that narrative. That being said, I really wish JoJo would stop running his hole until some games are played.

  • Sports Radio is Dead July 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Kyle, when are you going to do the Why do People Love You and Podcasts show? Asking for admiration seems to be the theme of sports talk today

  • Hairy and nob July 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Let’s mix it up Rob instead of sports talk tax accountant. Harry mid day dj at strip club.

  • I know he is sitting out, but..... July 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Nothing on Jojo getting picked for the NBA Africa game?

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