This isn't going to go over well in Philly. As the 76ers near their first playoff defeat against the Brooklyn Nets, Amir Johnson and Joel Embiid were seen...checking a text message as they sat on the bench rather than cheer on their teammates. Oof.
Oh no...keep the phones in the locker room, folks! This is playoff basketball.
Just wait until Jimmy Butler sees this. There's a zero percent chance that phone survives postgame press conferences, as Butler would have every right to throw it off the nearest SEPTA track.
Jimmy gonna kill these dudes— Mathias Lulu Pennington (@sideniggajojo) April 13, 2019
Practice might not be able to wait until the morning. Jimmy and the Scrubs against Embiid, Johnson and Ben Simmons.
Per Embiid, the two players were checking on Johnson's sick daughter. While that's certainly a reasonable explanation, don't expect coach Brett Brown to simply let it fly.
As Brown and the players know, players having a phone on the sidelines is illegal per the NBA rulebook. So while it may have been well-intentioned, the two could find themselves in some trouble with the league for this stunt.
Sixers coach Brett Brown on Joel Embiid & Amir Johnson looking at cell phone on bench during Game 1 loss to Nets: "It's completely unacceptable and we will deal with it internally, very soon. It's not something we are and certainly don't condone." pic.twitter.com/oau1n7qj5G— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 13, 2019
Reminder: this is only Game 1.