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There’s no one more fun than Joel Embiid (John Collins don’t read this)

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There’s a lot to love about Joel Embiid: his MVPish talent and production, his sense of humor, his dedication to Sam Hinkie and the remnants of The Process, his obvious love affair with the fans.

There’s also his knack for picking out an opponent and tormenting them. On Monday, it was John Collins’s turn in the JoJo blender.

The main event was Alex Len biting on an Embiid pump fake at the three-point line, which released JoJo to drive the lane. Collins, a good teammates, slid in on help defense but really got caught in no man’s land. Embiid jumped over and through him for a monster dunk.

And then, content not just to get a poster on every smartphone screen on the Atlantic seaboard, he gave Collins a Toinesque shimmy.

Some people are just born showmen. That’s Joel Embiid, always here to entertain us.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 3-0.


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