NBA Stars Sound Off: Embiid’s Favorite Things About Haters, More From All-Star Weekend


Pictured: Joel Embiid

Chicago, IL — The NBA’s best gathered together for media day Saturday morning, and our own Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) and Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) were on the scene.

Yesterday, we asked the Rising Stars about a time they bet on themselves. Today, we’re mixing it up and asking the NBA All-Stars…

“What’s the best part of having haters?”

Here were their answers…

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

“I love it. Anyone who knows me knows I thrive off of it. I love it. The whole season I’ve been quiet — before I was on social media and acting crazy and people said that I was immature. I stopped but now everyone says I don’t have passion for the game, I don’t care about the game … it’s a lose-lose situation.

“So I just have to be myself. If you rub some people the wrong way, so what? I just gotta be myself, and I think it’s going to help me a lot.”

Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder

“I’m gonna tell you the truth: If there’s not somebody who hates you or dislikes you or something, you’re not doing something right. I’m just telling you, seriously, if you look around at your friends and they’re never jealous or talking about you or something like that, seriously, you’re not doing something right.

“Because at the end of the day, all of the people who are loving you — they love that you ain’t doing nothing to push them.”

James Harden, Houston Rockets

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