The NBA knew precisely what they had been doing after they scheduled the Brooklyn Nets on the Philadelphia 76ers throughout “Rivalry Week.” This was all about Ben Simmons returning to Philly after his notorious struggles within the 2021 NBA Playoffs led to a commerce request, a choice to take a seat out video games, and ultimately a transfer to Brooklyn that returned James Harden to the Sixers.
The rivalry between Simmons and Philly followers is a bit ugly, however because the 76ers pulled out a 137-133 win over the Nets on Wednesday night time, a brand new rivalry might need emerged between two MVP candidates. Kevin Durant actually didn’t like Joel Embiid summoning the ability of legendary professional wrestling steady D-Technology-X and doing a number of crotch chops to have a good time a bucket towards Brooklyn.
The play occurred within the third quarter when Embiid accomplished an and-one. He instantly went into the crotch occasions — 3 times. Watch the play right here:
Kevin Durant — who has been out for weeks with an MCL sprain — thought Embiid’s celebration was in poor style. Durant instantly tweeted that Embiid’s celebration was “trash.”
Embiid responded on Twitter, due to course he did. Embiid quoted Durant’s tweet and responded with the hashtag #suckit — a reference to DX’s catchphrase from ‘90s professional wrestling — and despatched a an edited video of himself doing crotch chops over DX’s theme track and entrance video.
This can be a lot.
It appears to be like like we now have an actual rivalry between two of the NBA’s most on-line superstars throughout “Rivalry Week.” With the NBA All-Star draft set to be a stay occasion earlier than the sport this yr, I’m questioning if Durant — who’s prone to be a captain — will determine not to decide on Embiid for his group.
A Sixers-Nets playoff sequence can be so enjoyable. Fingers crossed.