Joel Embiid uses tough love to make sure kids learn to trust the Process

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5294/" data-ylk="slk:Joel Embiid">Joel Embiid</a> has all the right moves. (Getty Images)
Joel Embiid has all the right moves. (Getty Images)

Good news, everyone: just two months after undergoing surgery to repair a tear to the meniscus in his left knee, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is back on his feet, back to manning the middle, and back to protecting the rim.

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Well, OK, he’s manning the middle at a playground in Philadelphia and protecting the rim against the heaves of children. But that’s better than nothing … unless, of course, you are one of those children.

“Saw kids playing at the park while we were driving so I had to stop to teach them how to trust the process….. Nobody gets in my paint ha,” Embiid wrote in the caption of his Instagram post.

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This sort of youth-snuffing is now standard-summertime-operating-procedure for the 76ers’ gifted big man:

It’s like the old proverb goes: “The first step toward recovering well enough from knee surgery to follow through on your goal of playing all 82 games in your second professional basketball season is brutally reminding the youth of America that there are no easy buckets.” So, y’know, you’re on the right track, JoJo.

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Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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