Mo Bamba doesn’t play his first real NBA game until this fall, but the young center and former Texas standout received a harsh welcome from another former Big 12 star drafted in the in the lottery.
Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, known for his “Trust The Process” moniker, used his low-post moves that helped Kansas capture a Big 12 title in 2014 and catapulted the 7-footer NBA stardom against Bamba, who enters the league known for his defensive ability.
He was a little overmatched against one of the best centers in the league:
Joel Embiid welcomed Mo Bamba "to the f—-ing league" in a pick-up basketball game. 😂
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— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) June 28, 2018
Embiid, who like Bamba was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year during his lone college season, went 1-1 against the Longhorns at Kansas, losing in Austin 81-69, but blasting Texas at home, 85-54. Embiid had six blocks 13 points and seven rebounds in the rematch, while going for two blocks, eight points and 10 rebounds in Austin.
One of Bamba’s best games in college came against Kansas in a 92-86 loss at home. Bamba scored 22 points, blocked eight shorts and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Bamba missed the rematch in Lawrence with an injury.
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