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Watch Joel Embiid arm-wrestle Justin Bieber in a night club

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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid of Cameroon (21) reacts prior to the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Clippers won 98-92 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid of Cameroon (21) reacts prior to the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Clippers won 98-92 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, has yet to play an NBA game, due to significant foot injuries.

Because of the aforementioned two seasons worth of missed action, Embiid tends to be the butt of social media jokes — sometimes just for the fun of it and other times in response to those who still believe there is greatness on the horizon for Philadelphia’s 7-foot-2 rookie-to-be.

So if you happened to see Embiid’s name pop up on Twitter today it would’ve been safe to assume some wisecracking fan thought it would be funny to say Embiid is so far removed from the actual sport of basketball that he spends his time arm-wrestling Justin Bieber.

But apparently that actually happened.

As detailed by a Twitter account called JustinBieberCrew.com, the fun-loving Embiid began this past weekend by not only kicking it at a club with an international pop star, but proceeding to dominate the much smaller multimillionaire in an impromptu battle of strength.

Check out the video below. I mean, this is why the Internet exists, right? (Embiid is the one who doesn’t look like a Canadian teenager.)

None by JustinBieberCrew.com

All jokes aside, Embiid, still just 22, has been cleared for actual basketball activities with the Philadelphia 76ers, and just a few days ago showed up on social media doing much more impressive things than defeating a tiny singer/dancer/whatever in arm-wrestling.

Embiid’s offseason hoops trainer, Drew Hanlen, posted an Instagram video of a recent Embiid workout. The Cameroon native not only looks to be in great physical shape, but back to his old ways of incorporating fancy footwork into monster dunks.

On and off the court, Embiid appears to be well on his way to becoming the NBA’s most entertaining big man.

Comments

Ben Berglund 1 year, 1 month ago

I've still hot high hopes for Jojo. The world deserves this man being able to play professional bball.

Dee Shaw 1 year, 1 month ago

What an embarrassment to KU nation. Joel go away.

Nathan Scholl 1 year, 1 month ago

Trolling hater! LOL. Grow up! Dee is angry!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 1 month ago

Keep sawin' wood Jojo! (Almost) all of the KU nation is rooting for you!

Greg Ledom 1 year, 1 month ago

Your not a Jayhawk if your not rooting for JoJo, and thus ALL of Jayhawk Nation is rooting for him. Rock Chalk!

Dirk Medema 1 year, 1 month ago

From the workout video, it's obvious that Jojo hasn't just been sitting around for the past couple years. He's grown up quite a bit - at least in some ways, and really filled out. Sure hope he can stay healthy. He will be a huge endorsement for the KU program when he succeeds along with Wiggins, Jackson, Mario, and the horde of other Jayhawks in the league.

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