Kevin Durant Admits Joel Embiid Has Skills Like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon

When a former finals MVP and one of the best players in the world praises someone, the player is bound to be special. In this case, it is Joel Embiid. Talking on the Boardroom podcast, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant talks about what he thinks about the MVP frontrunner.

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Feb 17, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles the ball against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

He talks about an incident where Embiid draws comparisons of himself with players like Kobe Bryant, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, and Durant seemingly accepting it.

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Kevin Durant praises Embiid

Currently, the Philadelphia 76ers are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the league and it is mainly because of the efforts of Joel Embiid. The Cameroon international is well on his way to winning the MVP award this year. Furthermore, the chances of him leading his team to an NBA title are growing with each win.

Dec 30, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) exchanges words with Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in front of guard Seth Curry (31) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

While the entire world is talking about his performance and gameplay, Kevin Durant also gave his two cents on the player. Talking on The Boardroom podcast, the Brooklyn Nets star talked about Embiid and his perception di lui of the MVP frontrunner. According to the two-time NBA champion, Embiid is simply unstoppable.

Durant said, “It’s a fun dynamic. But it’s ab * tch to play against. He’s really unstoppable. He said something, where he was like I can transform from like Kobe, to Hakeem, to Shaq, to ​​a couple other players and I, was like, ‘Yo, you’re telling the truth.’”When someone as talented as Kevin Durant speaks so highly of a player, the player is bound to be special.

Embiid returns the favor

Although the two might have had some heated moments on the court, the players have a lot of respect for each other. All the way back in 2019, Joel Embiid called Kevin Durant, “probably the best player in the league.

Jan 27, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reaches for a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The two have come face-to-face with each other 6 times in the league, with all of their encounters coming in regular-season games. At the moment, Durant holds the upper hand with 4 wins over the 76ers and Embiid.

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Dec 14, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

In the games between the two, Durant averages 29.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. Conversely, Embiid averages 24.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. (Source: landofbasketball.com)

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