In this era of players wanting to join up with other players, or even just being friendlier with some opponents than guys on their own teams, it’s nice to know there is still some good, old-fashioned hatred in the NBA.
Yes, Joel Embiid hates the Celtics.
He hates Boston so much that he got fined $25,000 last time the 76ers played them because he was so sick of losing to the Atlantic Division foes that he lost his cool afterward.
On Wednesday, he gets his last chance during this regular season to beat Boston.
The 76ers host the Celtics, who knocked them out of the playoffs last season, spoiled their opening game in this one, and then ruined their Christmas with another nationally televised victory.
A long-time rivalry that delivered a famous fight between Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Julius Erving has become so one-sided that Embiid declared earlier this season that it wasn’t even a rivalry anymore, because the Celtics always win.
Boston has won 17 of the last 19 regular-season meetings, the last of which was a 112-109 victory in Philadelphia in February. Embiid believed he’d been fouled by Al Horford in the final minute — the NBA’s Last 2-Minute Report would later agree — and…