Joel Embiid was caught along with teammate Amir Johnson looking at what appeared to be Johnson’s phone on the bench during Game 1 on Saturday.
The pair appeared to be looking at a text message.
The 76ers were losing to the Nets at home at the time, so this is not an ideal thing to be caught on camera.
Amir Johnson and Embiid Laughing About Text Message While Down pic.twitter.com/rXvh156Xyc
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) April 13, 2019
This was not just a bad look for Embiid and Johnson, it was a violation of NBA rules. According to ESPN, “use of a cell phone on the bench is a violation of NBA policy and can result in a “substantial fine and/or suspension.”
Johnson was inactive for the game, and shortly after ESPN showed him looking at the phone, he headed to the locker room.
Amir Johnson headed to the locker room minutes after the broadcast showed he and Joel Embiid going through a phone on the bench. pic.twitter.com/pnKVBKImFr
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 13, 2019
Embiid was doubtful coming into the game with a knee injury, but he ultimately started and played.
He had some good moments (22 points and 15 rebounds), but Philadelphia was minus-17 with him on the floor.
We’ll see what the center has to say if he is asked about the moment after the game, which the Nets won, 111-102.
We’ll see what Jimmy Butler — who called his Timberwolves teammates “soft” before he was traded to the 76ers — has to say if he is asked about this moment.