Thursday, January 18, 2018

Joel Embiid voted starter in NBA All-Star Game

Former Kansas center Joel Embiid laughs while working with Philadelphia teammate Dario Saric in Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, during a Sixers practice.

Former Kansas center Joel Embiid laughs while working with Philadelphia teammate Dario Saric in Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, during a Sixers practice.


Bill Self, now in his 15th year as Kansas basketball coach, has made numerous impressive additions to his resume since coming to Lawrence.

Self won a national title, is working on trying to claim his 14th consecutive Big 12 title and has reached the Elite Eight seven times, the Final Four twice.

The one thing that Self never could lay claim to during his Kansas tenure was coaching an NBA All-Star.

That changed today when Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was voted as a starter in this year’s NBA All-star game, Feb. 18, in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The starters were announced on TNT’s NBA Tip-Off show.

Embiid is the only first-time All-Star voted as a starter for this year's game.

The traditional All-Star game East vs. West has been changed. Instead, the two leading vote-getters, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will choose sides.

The other starters: Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan.

James, who picks first because he received the most votes, and Curry will make their first four selections from the pool of starters voted on by fans, media members and players. They are not required to select starters from their conferences.

Head coaches vote in seven reserves from each conference, and James and Curry continue drafting from that pool after they have drafted from the starters’ pool. The reserves will be announced Tuesday and the rosters selected by James and Curry will be announced next Thursday.

Heading into tonight’s game in Boston, Embiid was averaging 23.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.9 blocked shots.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Andy Godwin 2 years, 4 months ago

Most talented Jayhawk since Danny Manning. Congratulations to Joel. Not only is he a talented basketball player, but he is intelligent and media savvy. Rock Chalk. Maybe the huge NBA contract and the All Star game will get Rihanna to pay attention to Joel. Instagram is on fire.

Andy Godwin 2 years, 4 months ago

Reporters must love to follow Embiid. Can’t remember while at KU if he was humorous during interviews. Clearly a fan and media favorite in Philadelphia and beyond. The “process” now big enough to diss his past love interest - Rihanna.

During a postgame interview with ESPN following Philadelphia's win, Embiid was asked whether he might finally have a chance of landing a date with popstar Rihanna now that he was a bona fide All-Star.

"She denied me back then; there's no reason to go back to her," Embiid said. "So I gotta move onto the next one. There's a lot of pretty women out there, and I'm beautiful, so I gotta move on to the next one.

Brad Avery 2 years, 4 months ago

Watched Joel against my C's last night. He is a monster on the court and has reached about half of his potential and dominating, even with his minutes limited because of his past injuries. I think he would be a senior had he been "allowed" to remain at KU. One can only imagine what havoc he would be wreaking on the B12.

Danny Hernandez 2 years, 4 months ago

one can only imagine how his lone season would have played out had he not gotten hurt, pretty much ending his career at Kansas

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if he had not gone pro for one more year, if he would not have gotten hurt, and raised his stock even more, where he'd be today? Will never know, but regardless it's always fantastic to see Jayhawks excel in the NBA.

Humpy Helsel 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh, what could have been...

Who would have guessed Andrew Wiggins would emerge into a fine, but generally not that well known NBA player. and Joel would elevate himself to super stardom almost before he ever played a minute for Philly just by self-marketing his own moniker? Using a great sense of humor, an infectious smile, and a personality impossible to dislike, even to opponents and their fans, he is universally known all over the world. Now, he has backed it all up by being voted one of the Top 10 basketball players in the world in still slightly less than one season of play. Wow! Rihanna, sorry girl. You missed your window.

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