Joel Embiid on killing lions as a kid, Ben Simmons' recovery, and Donald Trump

Joel Embiid on killing lions as a kid, Ben Simmons' recovery, and Donald Trump

Joel Embiid is legitimately hilarious. We've seen it on Twitter for a long time now. And we're starting to see it more and more in his interactions with his teammates and the media.

This wasn't something that happened overnight. Embiid has been having fun for a long time.

We were reminded of one such story thanks to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical sitting down with Embiid and Sixers coach Brett Brown for his podcast.

One of the questions Woj asked Joel was about the perceptions Americans had of him as a young man coming to the United States from his native Cameroon to play basketball.

"When they think about Africans, they think about us just running around with lions and tigers and all those other animals. When I got to Kansas, I kind of used that to my advantage, talking about how I killed a lion. That's how I became a man, because when I was six years old I had to go into the jungle and kill a lion and carry it on my back to bring back to my village."

"And they bought into it."

I mean, I probably would have believed him.

"The story might be true, it might be false," Embiid added. "Nobody would ever know now. If anybody tries me, they'll find out." 

But Embiid can have a serious side when he needs to. After having one of the best Tweets of election night about America tanking after Donald Trump won on Tuesday, he gave Woj a much more serious and thoughtful answer.

"Growing up in Cameroon, I always thought the U.S. was just amazing. It was just a dream. I thought it was heaven. And then coming here a couple years ago, the U.S. is still nice, but it's not like what I thought it was going to be. With the election going on and Donald Trump getting elected, I mean I don't usually get into politics but with the way he's been acting -- talking about racism and women -- it's hard to understand why people elected him. It just shows you the way people think. Racism isn't over and people are still behind him."

"I feel like it's not going to be as bad as people make it out to be. I hope it's not going to be like that."

There's plenty of other interesting stuff touched on as well. From Embiid's extremely trying rehab, to the death of his brother, to the fun he's having finally playing for the Sixers, and even how he's helping Ben Simmons deal with injury coming into the NBA.

"The main thing I've been telling him is patience. That patience is going to pay off. The first time I kind of rushed everything," Embiid said. "He has the team to back him up on that. Nobody is going to rush him."

You can listen to the full 45-minute podcast here.

LeBron James suggests taking Ben Simmons out drinking

LeBron James suggests taking Ben Simmons out drinking

Turning twenty-one years old is a big deal!

It's such a big deal that some people don't even remember it. Ugh.

Kidding!

Anyway, Ben Simmons turned 21 years old today and to celebrate, he got a fun tweet from the greatest player in the NBA and likely Future Sixer LeBron James.

The Shirley Temple line really made it. Such a nice touch and a clear afirmation that LeBron will be joining Simmons on the Sixers for the 2018-2019 seasons, yes?

In all seriousness this flirty little bromance between LBJ and Ben may be nothing more than good marketing from their business partners, but it's fun to joke/dream about regardless.

Mets produce Noah Syndergaard bobblehead that's just kind of phallic

Mets produce Noah Syndergaard bobblehead that's just kind of phallic

The Mets...

They're only slightly better than the Phillies on the diamond but they're way more fun to poke fun at off of it.

When Mr. Met isn't acting like a [eggplant emoji] to fans at CitiField, the team is busy producing bobbleheads that look like [eggplant emoji] to actually hand to fans. The first 15,000 fans at this Saturday's game with the Oakland Athletics will get a special treat.

As Deadspin points out, the Mets will give away this lovely Noah Syndergaard bobblehead that contains a hammer of strange design.