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Joel Embiid didn’t exactly splurge after signing that $148 million extension

Joel Embiid discusses what he misses most about college at Kansas

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who played in college at KU, says he debates now with Duke teammates about which college arena is best. Embiid talked to reporters on Oct. 12, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, who played in college at KU, says he debates now with Duke teammates about which college arena is best. Embiid talked to reporters on Oct. 12, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan has an excellent feature story on former Kansas star Joel Embiid, and it’s well worth your time to read.

There was one part of that story that stood out to me.

Embiid signed a five-year, $148 million contract extension last month. He already earned about $14 million after playing in 31 games during his first three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s like winning the lottery while already being filthy rich.

MacMullan asked Embiid, 23, what he bought after signing the extension and he gave her a one-world answer: “Nothing.”

This is from her story:

Just before the extension, he purchased a new home for his parents in Cameroon because the old one was filled with painful memories of his brother Arthur, who was struck and killed by a car three years ago. Embiid wasn’t tempted to indulge for himself, either with jewelry, a house or a new car.

“I don’t drive,” he says. “All I really need is my video games and a big-ass TV.”

Awesome. Oh, and maybe a few Shirley Temples to drink when playing those games.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid talks about the circumstances regarding his decision to leave Kansas after his freshman season. He said he wanted to stay but was pushed to leave, though he didn't want to identify who. He spoke to reporters o

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