Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers has become one of the most likable (or annoying, depending on your point of view) players in the NBA. He never shies away from mixing it up on the court with other players who dare to exchange some good-natured trash talk.
Embiid even takes that game off the court and onto his social media, where he has become as well known for his use of Twitter and Instagram as his skills on the basketball floor.
If you are going to try dissing Embiid on his Instagram account, you best not miss. Karl-Anthony Towns gave it a shot with a comment on Embiid’s postgame update on his Instagram account this week, and it did not end very well.
After Embiid and the Sixers celebrated a road overtime victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Embiid posted a shot of him going to the hoop on Instagram. Watching him make his move in the background was none other than Towns and Jimmy Butler (who went off against the Sixers). It was an image Embiid felt proud of, and for good reason.
Nestled in the thick of the growing number of comments filled with fire and goat emojis was a comment from Towns.
“The caption was as trash as your picture quality,” Towns said. What a sick burn. Unfortunately for Towns, it wasn’t one from which Embiid could not recover.
“Better quality than your defense,” Embiid responded, making sure to get the last crack in before moving on to his next potential conquest.
Embiid and Towns are not actual bitter rivals, as much as we’d love to be able to read so much into this little exchange. The two are just having some fun poking at each other. Embiid got the upper hand this time around with the win and the back-and-forth on Instagram. Until next time, Embiid is the victor in his standoff with Towns.