Why Will We All Start Hating Joel Embiid?

Joel Embiid is, for now, one of the most popular professional athletes in the United States. He is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA, and one of the funniest characters currently at large in popular culture.

Everybody loves Joel Embiid, which is a sure sign that most people will soon hate him.

“People love you at the beginning,” Embiid explains. “But at some point they’re gonna start hating you. LeBron. Russell Westbrook. All the superstars. Even Steph. He’s so likable. He does nothing wrong, but some people still hate him. It just comes with the nature of it. I’ve seen it.

“I feel like I’m about to go through it. I think it’s coming. People always want something new.”

Embiid said this in a profile by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, revealing a level of comprehension about the American fame cycle that is as startling to see from a 23-year-old native of Cameroon as it is to see a eurostep from a 7-footer.

Despite his popularity, Embiid is still an outsider in all this, a guy who was well into his teens before he moved to the U.S. and became a basketball player. That gives him certain advantages when it comes to analyzing or trolling American culture, and he has shown uncommon dexterity in doing so.

But he has never been more correct than when he said people will eventually turn on him even if he remains unchanged. People will say they are “tired of his act” or that he “needs to grow up.” Invariably, he will at some point do something that crossed “the line.” Perhaps a veteran player will even throw some gasoline on the fire. All of these will sound like real arguments, but in actuality they will amount to a chorus of people saying, “I want something new.”

Why?

“Because I want it.”

That little inflection point comes as an unexpected twist for a lot of athletes, because they don’t think of themselves as pop stars, even though that’s essentially what they are. Athletes who become pop stars in the manner of Embiid do so because they (consciously or not) represent something vaguely counter-cultural.

But as with an indie band that gets too big, that’s only good for as long as that player is on the come-up. The moment the counter-culture becomes the culture, it becomes a commodity, then a cartoon, and, as Lenny Bruce said, “There’s nothing sadder than an aging hipster.”

Pretty soon we’re all going to hate Joel Embiid, and it’s going to have nothing to do with him.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Ditches Walking Boot for Knicks Game

It’s a beautiful sight for N.Y. Giants fans … Odell Beckham Jr. makin’ his way around the Big Apple without his walking boot!! TMZ Sports spotted the NFL superstar heading into MSG for the Knicks vs. Lakers game Tuesday … and although his…

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Vivaldi is a new, feature rich web browser that combines an Opera-like interface with a Chromium open-source platform.

Vivaldi is very similar to the Opera browser in many ways. There are some pretty cool features which are nice, such as the interface, which fades colours to match the dominant colour on the page as you navigate between sites…


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Alex Fong has the worst luck in 2017; He is travelling with his family to Japan

Alex Fong (方中信) is involved with a lawsuit related to a German company asking for $ 1.16 Million (Euro currency) and is disallowed to touch or withdraw the cash. Alex reveals he leaves it to his lawyer to handle during a charity dinner banquet and say: “My sign conflicts with the Tai Sui of the year and the geomancer has predicted I have bad luck this year. I have car accidents twice followed by
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UCF Student, 19, Tragically Found Dead In Her Dorm Room After Mysterious Headaches & Vomiting

Alyssa Michelle Lewis was found dead in her apartment at UCF after she told her parents she was ill. The 19-year-old student’s death has her family distraught and puzzled.


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EoZ on the radio

I was interviewed on the Australian “Nothing Left” Jewish radio show by co-host Alan Freedman. My segment begins at around 51 minutes in.

Most of the conversation was about this article of mine, the biggest Israel-related story of the decade that no one wants you to know.



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NY senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks out against Trump — and he attacks her in the most vulgar and offensive way possible


[Trump] “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them),
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Macs Effectively Now Have a Three-Year Warranty in Australia and New Zealand Under Consumer Law

If you bought and own a Mac in Australia or New Zealand, your computer effectively now has warranty coverage for up to three years from its original date of purchase, even without purchasing optional AppleCare+ coverage.



Apple will now offer warranty coverage on most Mac parts for up to 24 months after its limited one-year warranty period, under consumer law in each country, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers and later obtained by MacRumors.

Apple is complying with Australia and New Zealand laws that give consumers the right to ask for a repair or replacement free of charge if a product experiences failure within a “reasonable” amount of time after purchase.

Mac owners can inquire about service under Australian and New Zealand consumer law at an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider, but we can’t guarantee that every employee will be knowledgable about this policy. The 36-month coverage period for Macs is effective from today—that’s December 13, 2017.

Eligible parts include the display, battery, SSD or hard drive, RAM, logic boards, GPU, internal cables, power supply, and other electronic components, so virtually every aspect of a Mac is covered, according to the document.

Apple provides a summary of consumer law, its limited one-year warranty, and its optional AppleCare+ coverage on its website in Australia and New Zealand.

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Deal: Nvidia SHIELD TV & 3 months of YouTube Red for only $149


The NVIDIA Shield TV is one of the best ways to experience Android TV if you don’t own a Sony Bravia TV. It’s been updated consistently and even has some neat new features like the ability to act as a smart hub or compatibility with Google Assistant for finding your favorite movies and TV shows.

The Nvidia SHIELD TV in China also recently got a select handful of Nintendo games and while there’s no indication that these games would be released outside of China, it’s interesting to see Nvidia’s partnership with Nintendo resulting in them getting to publish Nintendo games on their platform. This bundle also includes 3 months of YouTube Red for free, which gives you access to Google Play Music and no ads on YouTube.

Amazon has the Nvidia SHIELD TV and standard remote for only $ 149, which is a pretty decent discount from the usual price of $ 179. If you prefer the get the bundle with the SHIELD TV, remote, and game controller you’ll have to fork over $ 198 since that bundle isn’t on sale.

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Camera blind test results: Samsung and Apple on top as Pixel 2 tanks

Which smartphone has the best camera? In our blind test, we compared shots taken by seven of the current high-end smartphones. Here are the results.

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