There is no clearer signal you’re about to disrespect somebody than to say, “No disrespect, but…”
After a matchup early in the season, the Sixers Joel Embiid said of Detroit’s Andre Drummond, “Defensively, he doesn’t play any defense” (Embiid dropped 30 in that game). Drummond responded he would see him Dec. 2, their next meeting (which happens to be Saturday night).
At shootaround Saturday, Embiid couldn’t resist getting in another dig. Via Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“No disrespect,” Embiid said after shootaround when asked about Drummond playing by the elbow. “But he can’t shoot. I’ve just got to worry about the defensive coverages that we have as a team.”
This is going to be fun tonight.
It’s a matchup of two of the three best traditional centers going in the game, guys making their All-Star and All-NBA cases early this season. Drummond was no slouch last time they met — he had 14 and 14 — but you can bet he brings it Saturday.