Joel Embiid on his “relationship” with Rihanna

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of my favorite NBA stories this summer has had nothing to do with basketball: Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid has taken Twitter by storm by using it as a public forum in his quest for a relationship with pop singer Rihanna.

After a brief flirtation with Kim Kardashian, Embiid settled upon Rihanna as the object of his affection. After a few apparently unrequited tweets, Rihanna followed him back and soon Embiid announced that he and Rihanna were officially an item. Never mind that she hadn’t responded to him. He then posted a photo that seemed, um, heavily altered, of the two of them on a “date”…

Embiid even combined their names into its own hashtag: #Johanna.

While their actual relationship status is unclear — OK, they probably haven’t even met — it is clear that Embiid understands how to use Twitter to have fun. I asked him for the lowdown on the relationship on Sunday during the NBA Rookie photo shoot, and Embiid showed that if this basketball thing doesn’t work out, he may a career in improv…

VIDEO: Embiid on Rihanna


  1. blaga says:

    this guy is crazy haha .. but in a good way

  2. lbj says:

    Joel going to a relationship with Rihanna, Beyonce,Taylor Swift or even Madonna won’t give you any ring. You need to have a relationship with our “king” LeBron in Cleveland. We will trade Joe Harris and Norris Cole future hall of famer plus future first round picks to Philly!

  3. Phillyd80 says:

    LBJ you even understand how much of a tool you are? My only hope is that you are 10 years old. God shut up, really watch basketball and stop being a little troll.

  4. harriethehawk says:

    He’s young and kinda foolish. But could be in fun. Not everyone likes that kinda play. Watch out young buck.

  5. jdub455 says:

    lolz… rihanna is too hot for that kid

  6. mee(a)t says:

    lol this guy is hilarious