Brian Windhorst shares story about Chet Holmgren owning Joel Embiid in a pickup game, and the internet goes crazy
An interesting clip coming from Brian Windhorst is making its rounds on Twitter regarding Joel Embiid and NBA rookie Chet Holmgren.
Brian Windhorst recently reported that over the summer, OKC Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren and Joel Embiid were both playing in a pick-up game in Los Angeles. According to Windhorst, Holmgren blocked Embiid “several times” including a “3-pointer” which sent Thunder fans into a fever dream across social media.
Oh no! Joel Embiid blocked by Chet Holmgren
“One of our colleagues were watching Chet in a pickup game in LA..with Joel Embiid & he blocked Embiid several times including a 3-pointer”
Aight. Few things here.
First and Foremost – On Behalf of 76ers Fans Everywhere…
Thunder fans hyped over a pickup game? Really?
Chet Holmgren is built like a skeleton and although talented, could never survive in the paint against a player like Joel Embiid. That’s just a fact. Go argue with a wall.
There’s absolutely no video showing this ever happened. Could it have happened? Sure, I don’t doubt it. However, I highly doubt that anyone was taking this pickup game seriously outside of Chet Holmgren. Since we don’t have any video, I’m free to speculate that Holmgren was running around playing his ass off while everyone else was just conditioning and catching up with old friends.
Oh, and it’s also worth noting that Windhorst also said the following:
Nobody who watched that run left without saying, ‘Wow, this Holmgren is a real difference maker on the court. You got to know where he’s on the court at all times,’”
I honestly feel bad for OKC Thunder fans. They have a miserable team and are currently enduring their own version of “the process” by tanking relentlessly in attempt to rebuild their G League roster. If they want to get excited about something with zero video evidence that Windhorst said in passing on his podcast, then by all means, we can extend the olive branch.
I also feel bad for Holmgren, who will miss his entire rookie season after suffering a Lisfranc injury.
Hopefully Holmgren will return to the NBA next season and be able to add some weight to his frame while the 76ers win the NBA title this season on the backs of Joel Embiid and James Harden.