Joel Embiid got plenty of help from his teammates in the Sixers’ dramatic 116-115 win over the Magic on Saturday. But he also got an assist from whoever it is that plays the music in the arena.
The playful banter and budding rivalry between Embiid, the East’s top center, and Mo Bamba, a rookie the Magic hope will eventually be in contention for that same title, has been evident on the court and social media since the summer.
On Saturday, the two played their first official game against one another and the trolling continued. This time through song.
In the second quarter, Embiid faced-up against Bamba then blew past him along the baseline for the one-handed dunk. The arena’s sound crew immedaitely played the song “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes and let it roll after a timeout was called.
The 76ers' arena played the song "Mo Bamba" after Joel Embiid scored on the rookie pic.twitter.com/g5DHxnHuRf— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 21, 2018
My fist thought when hearing it was, knowing Embiid, he probably put in a pregame request to have the song played. And that was confirmed during his postgame interview...
Summary of Joel Embiid's press conference:— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) October 21, 2018
- Called J.J. Redick "old as shit"
- Referred to Rudy Gobert as "whoever it was" who won DPOY last year
- Said he put the Sixers up to playing "Mo Bamba" whenever he scored on Orlando's rookie.
Having a song named after you is great until you come face to face with someone like Embiid, who has the personality to use it as a trolling weapon and an accommodating sound crew at his disposal.
Embiid finished with 32 points on 13-for-26 shooting. Most of it, though, didn’t come against Bamba, who played only 14 minutes and scored five points.
As long as Embiid is still around, expect to hear plenty more of “Mo Bamba” blaring through the speakers in Philly over the next decade.