Joel Embiid was rather amused by the 76ers' selection of Jahlil Okafor (and other draft Twitter reaction)
In back-to-back years, the Philadelphia 76ers ended up with lottery-pick big men: Nerlens Noel in 2013 and Joel Embiid in 2014.
So, when the Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick, thus leaving Duke center Jahlil Okafor available, the Twitter-savvy Embiid had a reaction:
OK........... Lol— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 25, 2015
Now before we start any scandal rumors, we must remember two things: (1) Embiid, who missed the entire 2014-15 season, might still be injured, and (2) the Cameroonian quickly followed that tweet with a bit of love for Okafor, whose father is of Nigerian descent.
Aye my boy is in philly with me #AfricanConnection— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 25, 2015
Embiid's wasn't the only amusing NBA player Twitter reaction from Thursday night's draft.
After the Minnesota Timberwolves took Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall, point guard Ricky Rubio couldn't help but start the hazing process.
Towns, whose mother is Dominican, became the first Hispanic player ever to go No. 1 overall in the NBA draft. Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford, who is from the Dominican Republic, tweeted congratulations to Towns in English and Spanish.
Congrats @KarlTowns so proud. All your hard work is paying off, but you are just getting started! Welcome to the NBA!— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) June 25, 2015
When Kristaps Porzingis went No. 4 overall to the New York Knicks, the fans didn't like it. And oh, the players noticed.
The Knicks fans HOT!!!!!!!!!!!! Omg— BRANDON JENNINGS (@BrandonJennings) June 26, 2015
Yall gotta give him a chance Knicks fans— BRANDON JENNINGS (@BrandonJennings) June 26, 2015
Funny the reactions of NY fans about a player they don't know.— rudy gobert (@rudygobert27) June 26, 2015
But its ok they might buy his jersey pretty soon anyway =— rudy gobert (@rudygobert27) June 26, 2015
Lol that lil Knicks fan is going to be on ALL the memes— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 26, 2015
This lil kid is priceless...... Give Porzingis a chance— Ekpe Udoh (@EkpeUdoh) June 26, 2015
He's very good man... Super talented— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) June 26, 2015
Knicks fans are my TL are straight comedy lol— SLOWMO (@KyleAnderson5) June 26, 2015
A pair of big names welcomed late-lottery picks to their respective new homes:
Kendall Marshall, meanwhile, thought Myles Turner bore a striking resemblance to Dave Chappelle's character from "The Nutty Professor."
with the 11th pick, Indy selects Reggie Warrington.— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) June 26, 2015
(And wouldn't you know, he wasn't alone in making that comparison.)
It appears Rubio wasn't the only veteran point guard ready to haze his new teammate -- this time a player who went to the same school (Kentucky).
Welcome to the valley @DevinBook ... Got your backpack ready!— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) June 26, 2015
Meanwhile, Nick Young seems to think all the young players owe him a nod for their hairstyle.
The haircut is real— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) June 25, 2015
I shoulda trademark this haircut— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) June 26, 2015