The Philadelphia 76ers took a chance when they selected injured big man Joel Embiid with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. No matter what Sam Hinkie did that night, haters as they say, were going to hate.
Embiid can probably relate a little these days. The affable big man seemed to be enjoying the early spotlight put on him when Hinkie came calling. He even had some fun on his Twitter pointing out the ESPN-tape-delay gaffe.
And in general he has come across as a regular dude who is excited to someday start an NBA career and have some fun with the fans along the way. He first made waves on his Twitter when he attempted to recruit LeBron James to play with him in Philadelphia.
When LBJ didn't respond, Embiid had some fun with it.
And he followed it up a couple of days later: "Day 3: still no answers…………"
The recruitment of King James may have ended before it ever really began but at least we had a guy who seems like he can be pretty entertaining for a city both on and off the court... but then people on the Internet happened and Embiid finally realized there are awful people on the Internet who make mountains out of molehills and are simply mean hearted.
For instance, Embiid sent out a tweet about missing his old friend Andrew Wiggins and a surprising number of people responded to him in a homophobic manner, which lead the big man to say this, "This is a crazy world... People are so mean."
And eventually led to him putting his phone away for an undisclosed period of time.
At least we got to learn that he loves his middle name, "Hans." Got to work that into a nickname somehow.
Comeback soon, Hans.