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Joel Embiid, who’ll make his NBA debut tonight, wants our attention, so badly. He seeks it in many ways: by guzzling Shirley Temples by the syrupy pitcher, by clowning on Andrew Wiggins, or by publicly asking out Rihanna. And we give it to him, maybe a little begrudgingly, because the content is good.

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But sometimes the Sixers rookie simply earns it. In today’s entertaining Sports Illustrated profile, he offered us this morsel:

“You know how I learned to shoot?” Embiid says. “I watched white people. Just regular white people. They really put their elbow in and finish up top. You can find videos of them online.”

I like to imagine a rehabbing Embiid strolling to a local park with his hands clasped behind his back, observing a few rounds of pickup, mmming in approval whenever a white person spots up. But he said “online.” What could he be watching online?

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Steve Nash?

Nah. He said “regular white people,” and Nash is among the greatest shooters in NBA history. So nix Dirk too, or Kyle Korver, or any other legendarily sharp-shooting white guy.

Perhaps he watched, over and over again, this clip of Austin Croshere sweetly strokin’ it from just inside the arc.

I feel we are getting closer. But even Austin Croshere is still an NBA player.

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Maybe he stayed up into the wee hours watching this 33-minute video of pickup basketball in London, focusing on the man in the blue shorts. He really lets it rip at 23:37.

Still, I’m unconvinced. Maybe he just watched this near-perfect Vine?

Yes.