Amir Johnson was checking his phone during a playoff matchup on Saturday. Twitter had a field day as speculation ran rampant, but Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid said that Johnson was just checking in about his daughter, who is sick.
That explanation wasn’t enough for Philadelphia, who fined Johnson for his actions after the game. Having a phone on the bench is against NBA regulations.
However, at least one NBA star didn’t see what the big deal was. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took to Twitter to say that he thought Johnson checking his phone was in line with normal American work culture.
That comparison by Green is a stretch at best, but in any case it’s now time to move on.
Hopefully Johnson’s daughter will feel better soon. Meanwhile the Sixers have bigger issues to worry about right now. They lost Game 1 of their first round series against the Brooklyn Nets, 111-102.