Joel Embiid is a fortune.
Not only a mammoth on the court and a future Defensive Player of the Year, not only a person who can get containers, he’s a person who is cherishing his experience — and taking it to internet based life. He’s keeping nothing down and hopped into American culture and the NBA with the two feet.
That incorporates a phenomenal story he penned at the Players’ Tribune. Embiid shot 30.8 percent from three last season and must be regarded out there, yet how could he thought of his shooting structure? Viewing YouTube recordings. Furthermore, an extraordinary YouTube vids, on the grounds that he said he didn’t look “great shooting structure” or “how to shoot three pointers” yet…
Then the light bulb went off, man. I typed in the magic words.
WHITE PEOPLE SHOOTING 3 POINTERS.
Listen, I know it’s a stereotype, but have you ever seen a normal, 30-year-old white guy shoot a three-pointer? That elbow is tucked, man. The knees are bent. The follow-through is perfect. Always. You know how in America, there’s always an older guy wearing like EVERLAST sweat-shorts at the court? That guy is always a problem. His J is always wet.
Those are the guys I learned from on YouTube. Just random people shooting threes with perfect form. Me and Michael [Frazier II, who went on to play in college at Florida] would play after practice for hours, and I’d just try to imitate how they shot the ball, and I started being able to compete. It was crazy, because getting some range changed my whole game. Teams couldn’t play off me anymore, and I started doing a lot better.
I’m almost certain that is not how J.J. Redick learned. Stephen Curry just watched his dad.
It merits perusing the whole piece, Embiid discusses the misguided judgments of what it resembled experiencing childhood in Cameroon. How his folks were strict, how he used to escape the house to play soccer, and when he needed to play b-ball his dad instructed him to play volleyball. (For the record, Embiid would most likely be great at volleyball.) He discussed needing to be Kobe, about being welcome to Luc Mbah a Moute’s camp in Cameroon and how that changed his life, about Tarik Black dunking on him at Kansas, about nearly stopping, and about how his folks’ worth ethic and the amount they esteemed training propped him up.
It’s an awesome story. What’s more, it incorporates some arbitrary white fellows on YouTube.