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First comes the clowning, then comes the grind

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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, poses for a photographer during the NBA basketball team's media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, of Cameroon, poses for a photographer during the NBA basketball team's media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Considering how much of a grind the 82-game regular season has to be for NBA players, you can’t blame the guys for enjoying the preseason goof-off spectacle that is NBA media days.

Players surely take their interview responsibilities seriously enough, but when it comes time to mean-mug or bring some absurdity to photo and video shoots, they happily oblige.

Believe it or not, it’s actually training camp time in The Association, so the past few days have been light-heartedly busy for most of the former Kansas University players lucky enough to call the NBA home.

Some get to enjoy it a little more than others, as you can see in our social media roundup from the festivities.

Cole Aldrich, New York Knicks

None by charlie widdoes

Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat

None by Josh Baumgard

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

None by Jason Wolf

http://instagram.com/p/tidaY4v1jA/

Drew Gooden and Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards

None by Hoop District

None by ChristyWintersScott

Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls

None by Brian Cassella

Nick Collison, Oklahoma City Thunder

None by OKC THUNDER

Xavier Henry, Los Angeles Lakers

None by linspiredinla

Marcus and Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns

None by Andrew Joseph

None by Andrew Joseph

Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings

None by Lisa Gonzales

http://instagram.com/p/tbohRrSy8b/

Thomas Robinson, Portland Trail Blazers

http://instagram.com/p/tijn72g8G1/

Brandon Rush, Golden State Warriors

None by Golden St. Warriors

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves

None by Twolves CR

Media day / throw-down night

Minnesota had an open practice for Timberwolves fans to watch following its media day, nicknaming the fun: Dunks After Dark.

Wiggins delivered a few throw-downs to help it live up to its name.

http://instagram.com/p/tjwq_Nxhzv/

http://instagram.com/p/tkcZyLRh2J/


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