You know, I'm starting to think that Joel Embiid simply hasn't been on American soil long enough to be a cynical asshole that takes sports too seriously. Impossible to know whether or not that's the case, but it's as good a reason as any for him embracing his role as a fan friendly entertainer as well as almost anyone else in professional sports. Humble might not be the best way to describe him when he's on social media and/or in front of a microphone, but he's certainly not too big for his custom-made britches when it comes to appreciating his celebrity and using it for good.
Granted, I'm not sure how often the Sixers feel comfortable with the lynchpin to 'The Process' taking on mascot duties to enhance the in-arena atmosphere during games for which he's active. Still, it's pretty cool to watch him play Santa in offering up his lap and giving a priceless, once-in-a-lifetime gift to a young kid who will forever be a Joel Embiid fan. I'm not so much of a sap to say that moments like that are what it's ALL about. However, due mostly to crazed, jaded fans with big mouthes and the sense of security provided by their seat, it's become far too easy to forget that sporting events are supposed to be a welcoming, enjoyable experience that bring together people from all walks of life.