No, Joel Embiid didn't cheat during the NBA Skills Challenge

  • No, Joel Embiid didn't cheat during the NBA Skills Challenge

No, Joel Embiid didn't cheat during the NBA Skills Challenge

Embiid hasn't played more than 30 minutes in a basketball game since February 10.

After playing just 31 games as a rookie last season, Embiid is enjoying much-improved health throughout the 2017-18 campaign, and thus, has quickly blossomed into one of the top young talents in the National Basketball Association.

Joel Embiid will be starting in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game for "Team Stephen".

After a dominant season, it was obvious how much Embiid wanted to return healthier and better than ever, raring to go and complete a season playing more games and helping the Sixers return to playoff form. He was the third player in Sixers history chosen for the Skills Competition, which started back in 2003.

In a game featuring the league's best players, that might be hard.

Embiid even took to Twitter to head off accusations that he had cheated.

In 44 games this season, Embiid has had extra help to get back to the prominence he was at last season, especially from point guard Ben Simmons and power forward Dario Saric.

Embiid had 19 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two blocks for Team Stephen, which lost, 148-145, to Team LeBron in the All-Star Game at the Staples Center.

In the words of Lloyd Christmas - so you're telling me there's a chance. I didn't really do anything other than just show my face, and it was great.

Joel Embiid described this past weekend as special, probably more special than it should have been.

Embiid dealt with a lot during his first two seasons with the Sixers, but he nearly stepped away from all of it, after dealing with injuries, surgeries, and his younger brother's untimely death at age 13.

"At some point in my career, I want to do everything", Embiid said, per Camerato.

We now know that's not true.