A hilarious gaffe by a “Jeopardy!” contestant related to Joel Embiid’s nickname not only elicited a reaction by the Philadelphia 76ers star, but it also inspired him to jokingly update his Twitter handle.
During Wednesday’s broadcast of the long-running, iconic game show, a contestant named Paul selected a clue from the “Current Sports Nicknames” category for $1,000. The answer was “Joel Embiid in 2019 won the trademark for this nickname of his that also describes the 76ers’ strategy of improving the team.”
Paul’s question? “What is ‘Do a 180'?”
Embiid’s nickname is of course “The Process,” a reference to onetime 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie’s credo about frustrated fans having to “Trust the Process” he set in motion back in 2013 amid a massive rebuild.
Paul’s response understandably inspired whimsical mockery from sports fans on Twitter, but it was Embiid’s reaction to the “Jeopardy!” goof that takes the top prize.
As a result of the mistakenly applied moniker, Embiid changed his Twitter handle to incorporate it. For now, the Sixers star will be known on Twitter as “Joel ‘Do a 180′ Embiid???’
JOËL “DO A 180” EMBIID pic.twitter.com/reO1V3nCQt— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) March 5, 2020
Embiid boasts one of the most gregarious personalities of any player in the NBA at this time, so it’s no surprise how he reacted to poor Paul’s nationally televised whiff.
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