Shortly after midnight Tuesday, just hours after the announcement that the 76ers offered center Joel Embiid a five-year, $148 million extension, Embiid tweeted a picture of himself in uniform with open arms and a caption that read: “The Process to be continued…… I LOVE YOU PHILADELPHIA
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 10, 2017
The Twitterverse did not disappoint in its response.
Grown men reached out to Embiid, hoping that he might be their father, or that he might consider adopting them.
— 3J McCollum (@jbrodie32) October 10, 2017
Others tweeted at Embiid asking for small
loans monetary gifts.
let me hold a dollar
— ricky (@rickylxopez) October 10, 2017
I got 14 k debt can you hook a brother up, I won't pay you back. I have 3 kids.
— Gernando Wright (@nandowright) October 10, 2017
Many of the responses had to do with fans’ hopes that Embiid, who has only played in 31 games since 2014 due to injuries, will remain healthy enough to earn his massive salary.
— christiano (@defjvm) October 10, 2017
Others worried that the money itself might prove dangerous to Embiid’s health.
*Expected to be out first 12 weeks of season after tripping over stacks of money and spraining ankle*
— Luke Konchar (@Luke587) October 10, 2017
Several people suggested that, given his new salary, Embiid is now obligated to buy a round of Shirley Temples — his favorite drink — for everyone.
Shirley temples on u fam
— Jack (@jteti69) October 10, 2017
We’re streaking! #shirleytemplesforall
— Rob Philo (@rphilo) October 10, 2017
And, of course, there were those who took the opportunity to take cheap shots at Philadelphia. To those haters, we say the only cheap shots we tolerate here in Philly come in citywide specials.
For 150 mil , I would love Philly too
— BRUUUUHHHHH… (@YSahli2001) October 10, 2017
But even in the darkest corners of the Internet, there is light. Perhaps the sweetest response Embiid received to his tweet was just a simple “Welcome home.”
— Trotspot (@Trotspot) October 10, 2017