Joel Embiid Voices Frustration Over Knicks Fans' Presence During Game 4

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers lost at home in Game 4 against the New York Knicks, 97–92, though, it didn't always feel like a home game for the Sixers.

Knicks fans effectively took over Wells Fargo Center on Sunday as the team took a 3–1 series lead over Philadelphia, and star center Joel Embiid wasn't too happy with the large contingent of New York jerseys in the crowd.

After the game, Embiid voiced his frustration over the situation and called it "disappointing" to see so many away fans pumping up the volume at a 76ers home game.

"Disappointing," said Embiid to reporters after the Game 4 loss. "I love our fans. I think it's unfortunate. I'm not calling them out, but it is disappointing. Obviously, we got a lot of Knicks fans and they're down the road, but I've never seen it. I've been here 10 years.”

“It kinda pisses me off. Especially, because Philly is considered a sports town. They've always shown up and I don't think that should happen. It's not O.K.," he added.

Knicks fans certainly made their presence felt Sunday, as they were loud from the moment the game tipped off. And that didn't cease after the final whistle, either. After the game, the fan base continued its postgame celebrations outside the arena, not holding back while mocking the 76ers in various forms and fashions.

Embiid played 44 minutes in Sunday's loss, providing 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Game 5 will be held at the Madison Square Garden in New York, with Philadelphia now facing elimination.

Karl Rasmussen