Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid joined Steph Curry on his 5 Minutes From Home YouTube series this week, navigating the streets of San Francisco in a Lyft while giving fans a better idea of the individuality of each league player.
The two started their conversation off casually, establishing the difference in their backgrounds and how that affected their entries into the league. Embiid, a player of Cameroonian background, only began playing at 16 years old after being discovered by Luc Mbah a Moute at a basketball camp. ”[Playing basketball at 16] is such a foreign concept in terms of I started playing when I was 5,” Curry said, also noting his father, Charlotte Hornets All-Star Seth Curry’s, influence on his path to follow his footsteps.
Continuing his story, Embiid talked about immigrating to the US for high school. The seven-footer recalled getting bullied while studying in Florida for either being unable to catch the ball or to speak English fluently, along with his initial insecurity in turning into a basketball player. “Because of how I was getting treated—that’s where I kinda got my competitive nature where I’m like, ‘Okay, these guys are making fun of me. I wanna be better than all these guys.’” he explained.
The rest of the short interview touches on Embiid’s desire for a nickname other than “The Process” and his tips and tricks to stop the Splash Brother on the court. Ayesha Curry, wife of the Golden State Warriors PG, also makes a brief appearance at the end while the two have a pre-game dinner in her restaurant, International Smoke.
Watch the full episode above.
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