Rom-com: Things 'going pretty well' with Joel Embiid and Rihanna
It's not going to take long for one-and-done Kansas University center Joel Embiid to become a fan favorite in the NBA.
The gregarious 7-footer from Cameroon began heading down that road within days of becoming the No. 3 overall draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.
He first made a splash on The Dan Patrick Show. The sportscaster spoke with Embiid about his ailing foot, his soccer background, his future in the league and how it appeared during the live NBA Draft television broadcast that Embiid wasn't pleased to be taken by the 76ers.
Before long, Embiid had Patrick cracking up.
But his star really began to shine as more people became aware of his tweet game. In the past couple of months, @JoelEmbiid has:
• tried to recruit LeBron James to the Sixers
• declared his affection for Kim Kardashian, and then backed off
• claimed multiple times he is going to stop tweeting
• and announced his interest in pop star Rihanna
Currently (as of Wednesday afternoon at least) Embiid's Twitter profile pic was a manipulated photo of him and Rihanna on a dinner date. And, of course, he has given this potential super-couple a nickname: Johanna.
Whatever his intentions — amusing himself or his 294,000 followers or something else — it's working. The world famous performer, with 36.7 million Twitter followers of her own, followed Embiid back.
The light-hearted big man described his reaction to that news in at interview with Complex — it basically involved smiling and a little celebratory dance.
Reporter Lang Whitaker also inquired with the injured rookie about his exploits for the All Ball blog at NBA.com.
In a video interview, Whitaker cut right to the chase, asking: "How's it going with Rhianna?"
Embiid didn't blink.
"It's going pretty well," he replied with the mock sincerity of a trained comedic actor.
They discussed his alleged date with the pop star and how he was able to pull that off.
"Girls love when I speak French, so every time I call, I just call them up in French," Embiid said.
In the meantime, make sure you keep up with the burgeoning comedian on Twitter for cheap/enjoyable entertainment.