As the Philadelphia 76ers were on their way to a loss in their playoff opener against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday afternoon, the ESPN broadcast captured Sixers star Joel Embiid and teammate Amir Johnson scrolling through a cell phone.
Not only is it against NBA rules, but it’s also a bad look for a third-seeded Sixers team that, on paper, should have won Game 1 with relative ease.
The Sixers fell, 111-102, and the home crowd let them hear it with boos throughout much of the loss.
“This is really troublesome to me,” ESPN’s Doris Burke said during the broadcast. “Amir Johnson is not active, but he is on the bench. That’s a cell phone. And I can’t definitively say, but all of us know what a text message looks like. Like, what is that thing doing out?”
Embiid, who almost didn’t play due to knee soreness, finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists, but shot just 5-15 from the field.