Joel Embiid says 76ers gearing up to beat Cavaliers, LeBron James

UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Washington's Markelle Fultz are projected to go in the top tGetty Images

UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Washington's Markelle Fultz are projected to go in the top tGetty Images

Joel Embiid has always had the utmost trust in The Process.

It's no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers star has a thing for the pop star, and on Tuesday he got a chance to make a pitch directly to a good friend of Rihanna's. Speaking at ESPN's Upfront presentation Tuesday, Embiid said he was about two to three weeks from returning to the court.

But if he and the organization have their way, Philadelphia will break into the playoffs in 2018 and no longer have to count on the bounces of some Ping Pong balls when planning for their future.

Ever since the Sixers figured out fans found Embiid's love for Shirley Temples endearing, they've turned it into a branding opportunity whenever possible.

Will Rihanna give Embiid a shot?

His reasons? "I mean look at myself", he said on the show, smiling. "... I'm 7-2. I'm good-looking". Women usually love my accent, because I'm from Cameroon, Africa. "And I'm pretty intelligent, too". The Sixers will have two top-five picks, thanks to a foolish trade by the Sacramento Kings involving Nik Stauskas, and could have $23 million in cap space to sign free agents with.

And - who knows - if the lottery shakes out the right way, Embiid might end up with another one-and-done KU prodigy as a 76ers teammates soon. Embiid played phenomenal in his limited minutes last season, and the team will get last year's No. 1 pick Ben Simmons back from injury.

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