Now this makes a little more sense. A clip went viral of Joel Embiid and Amir Johnson using a cell phone during the 76ers playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, and we now have an explanation. According to Embiid, the two were checking on Johnson's sick daughter. Surely a family emergency gives these two a pass, right?
We don't blame Embiid and Johnson in the slightest, especially considering the team was down double-digits and neither player was going to be called upon to help Philly the rest of the way.
We're not sure, however, that the NBA will feel the same way. The Association has a strict policy of not using cell phones on the bench, and that could get these two players in trouble even if the cause was important.