Philadelphia 76ers’ star, Joel Embiid, has been slapped with a $35,000 fine by the NBA for repeatedly making for D-Generation X celebration during a recent game against the Portland Trail Blazers
Embiid’s actions grabbed the spotlight as he indulged in “WWE-style crude chops” on four occasions, inciting a passionate response from the crowd. This is not the first time the former Kansas Jayhawks standout has faced disciplinary action from the league. In the past, he was hit with five-figure fines for criticizing officials and using inappropriate language on the court.
According to ESPN, Joe Dumars, the NBA’s executive vice president and head of basketball operations, confirmed the penalty on Tuesday. The incidents in question took place with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Sixers’ dominant 126-98 victory. Embiid’s remarkable performance included 35 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and 6 blocked shots, further solidifying his status as one of the league’s top players.
Embiid has a history of being fined for his signature celebration, having been previously penalized $25,000 for using it against the Brooklyn Nets in January. The NBA seems inclined to maintain this trend of penalties for the reigning MVP, and more fines may come his way as he continues to deliver impressive performances.
In his recent game against the Trail Blazers, Embiid put up an outstanding performance with 35 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, and six blocks, contributing to the 76ers’ second win of the season. They now hold a 2-1 record after a narrow loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their season opener.
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Embiid is set to return on Thursday, and several new teammates will join him. Philadelphia orchestrated an unexpected trade, sending James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, and draft assets, aiming to enhance their chances of winning the championship.