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76ers’ Joel Embiid is all about games when he travels

Even off the court, 76ers’ Joel Embiid likes to play games

- Nell McShane Wulfhart, The New York Times

J oel Embiid of the Philadelph­ia 76ers is almost as famous for his playful grandstand­ing as his considerab­le skills on the basketball court. The 23-year-old, who grew up in Cameroon, has become synonymous with the concept of “The Process,” a strategy for long-term talent building employed by Sam Hinkie, the former 76ers general manager. (Embiid punctuates his feisty tweets with the phrase.) In his second season with Philadelph­ia, Embiid is to play today in the NBA AllStar Game in Los Angeles.

Embiid spends much of the year on the road, traveling for games. “Generally, commercial flights aren’t designed to accommodat­e someone my size — and I get it, there aren’t many people that are 7-foot-2,” he said. “I just don’t feel comfortabl­e since I don’t exactly fit.” Fortunatel­y, the team usually travels by charter, which has more room to spread out.

When Embiid travels, he usually spends his free time on his PlayStatio­n, not partying. “A lot of my teammates party in LA and I have a lot of friends in LA, but LA is like the only city,” he said. “Maybe New York but that’s about it. Other than that, I just want to chill and play video games.”

He said he doesn’t get sick of the travel. “We travel a lot, but that’s what I signed up for, so I never complain about it,” he said. “Sometimes, you miss the food at home, you miss the people around you, but other than that, you should never get tired of traveling.”

He’s excited to head to Los Angeles for the All-Star Game. “It’s my first time being in AllStars, so this should be fun,” he said. Is he nervous? “I’m not nervous,” he said. “You know, I like putting on a show. And I feel like those are the biggest days to do it. That’s my element, so I’m going to have a lot of fun.”

Here’s what he takes on every trip:

PlayStatio­n

“Everywhere I go, I always have to bring my PlayStatio­n. I’m a big game guy. I play FIFA, NBA 2K, Madden sometimes. Sometimes Grand Theft Auto. Other than that, I play Monopoly and then sometimes I play poker.”

Memento

“I always have a picture of my little brother that died; that’s always in my bag.” (His brother Arthur died in 2014. He was 13.)

ChapStick

“I bring a lot of ChapStick because I lose about a ChapStick a day.”

Shoes

“For basketball, the team actually takes care of it, so they carry our shoes and stuff. But my own personal shoes, sometimes we go on the road for like six, seven days, and that’s when I bring about four or five pairs. I have tons and tons of shoes. I’m signed with Adidas, so I kind of have to wear Adidas. The NMDs, that’s what I wear a lot at the moment. I like them, that’s probably one of my favorite pairs of Adidas. And then when I have to dress up nice, I wear Giuseppes [designer Giuseppe Zanotti]. I like Guiseppes a lot because they’re flashy — gold and all that.”

Nintendo Switch

“I just got a Nintendo Switch. It’s pretty good, so I think I might have to bring it everywhere. If I’ve got to go somewhere, and I can’t carry the PlayStatio­n, I can always have the Nintendo Switch.”

Going-out clothes

“I’m a simple guy so I always have sweats on. Or sneakers with my face on it. I love myself too much.”

Cologne

“I wear this cologne called Baccarat [Baccarat Rouge 540]; it’s really good. It’s probably the best I’ve ever had; that’s what I wear a lot. And then I like Creed, I like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent is pretty good, too, and then Montblanc sometimes. I mix it up every day. Women love when a man smells really good. So, you know, I’ve always got to smell good. Every time a woman approaches me, she feels so connected to me because I smell so good.”

“It’s my first time being in All-Stars, so this should be fun. You know, I like putting on a show. And I feel like those are the biggest days to do it.” Joel Embiid

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Cologne is always in his bag when he travels. “Women love when a man smells really good.”
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“Everywhere I go, I always have to bring my PlayStatio­n. I’m a big game guy.”

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