Joel Embiid has a Ramona Shelburne profile in an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine. The piece does not waste any time. Within three paragraphs Embiid predicts the ending of both Game of Thrones and the NBA season. Via ESPN:
“I’ve studied the whole show,” he says, and it’s clear to Embiid that Kit Harington’s character, Jon Snow, will not end up on the Iron Throne.
“That’s what everybody thinks is going to happen,” Embiid says. “But the whole show has been that you don’t know what’s going to happen. Jon Snow will not be the king.”
We’ve been in a car together for about 30 minutes, driving from San Francisco to Sacramento, where the 76ers’ irrepressible young star will meet his teammates for a game the next night. Already Embiid has made predictions about Game of Thrones, this year’s NBA Finals– “[The Warriors] will be ready to go seven games with the Sixers in June!”– and how his own ride on the fame cycle might turn.
Of course, the rest of the piece goes on to talk about Embiid’s penchant for trolling so maybe he doesn’t really think those things. Maybe he expects Jon Snow to win and the Warriors to miss the Finals.
Embiid has missed the last two games with back stiffness, but he has appeared in 21 of the Sixers’ 26 games this season. He’s averaging 23.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2 blocks in 30 minutes a game. The Sixers are 13-13 and currently on the outside looking in on the playoffs. Though they are only 2.5 games behind the 4-seed.
So there is work to be done. Both by the Sixers if they want to make it to the Finals and by the media if we’re to find out who Joel Embiid thinks will actually sit on the Iron Throne sometime in 2019. We shouldn’t have to wait to find out either.