Inaugural Edition Of “Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?”

Sixers center Joel Embiid has agreed to a contract extension.

The NBA is a talented league with a bunch of players, coaches, and front office members accomplishing achievements almost weekly. Those achievements deserve to be recognized.

The NBA is also a crazy place and with that comes a lot of faces, filled with different stories and personalities. The moments off the court deserve to be recognized as well.

That’s what we’ll be doing here with the weekly edition of “Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?”, as this author will search around the league for the players, coaches, executives that are having the best week on the court. That can include a big signing or trade or even as different as a big rap album being released. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we will also point out the less attractive week’s had.

Without further ado, let’s get into the inaugural edition of “Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?”

Who’s Hot?

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers Center- In case you didn’t know, Joel Embiid is extremely good at basketball. And he’ll remind you of just how good he is whenever he gets a chance.

Embiid finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds and one block on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. This came off the heels of Embiid signing a five-year, $146.5 million dollar extension with the 76ers. He certainly had Philadelphia and everyone else watching trusting in the process that day.

Though Friday didn’t include an impressive stat line like Wednesday, Embiid surely made it memorable.

Embiid got into a war of words with Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who was at one point told to sit down by the Philly big man. The action didn’t end on the court, making its way over to Twitter. Whiteside was not pleased with social media showing Embiid blocking him on a chase-down, saying that the media wouldn’t show anything he did to Embiid.

Big money and Twitter feuds. Strong week for Joel Embiid.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers Point Guard- Lillard has guided his Trailblazers to back-to-back postseason berths and has become the face of Portland very quickly following the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge. It’s clear what he can do on the court, but off the court, he’s making moves as well.

It’s a pretty big crossover for a former athlete to attempt a rap career after their playing days are done. It’s even more challenging while doing both at the same time. Lillard is doing just that. Not only is he doing it, he’s succeeding.

Lillard released his newest album “CONFIRMED.” on Friday and it is absolute fire. That’s as big of a win you can get before the regular season starts. “Dame Dolla” continues to assist in many areas.

Who’s Not?

Road Trippin’ Podcast- The Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with Richard Jefferson on Friday, trading him to the Atlanta Hawks. In doing so, the Cavs broke up one of the hottest podcasts going today. Jefferson partnered with teammate Channing Frye and Allie Clifton to talk about everything going on in the world and it was highly entertainjng. Jefferson had guests from all over the NBA, past and present, that provided great stories and sometimes some news. Now with RJ gone, the status of Road Trippin’ is up in the air. My goodness, this is more disappointing than I would have thought.

Justin Jackson- It was a rough night for Sacramento Kings rookie Justin Jackson. Jackson was officially welcomed to the league by TrailBlazers’ guard C.J. McCollum. McCollum delivered a sick crossover to leave Jackson looking for his balance after McCollum had already made his way to the basket.

At least Jackson was a good sport about it.

It wasn’t the ideal Tuesday for Jackson, but he certainly has a bright NBA future with the Kings.