It may have only been an exhibition matchup, but Friday night’s game between the Sixers and Heat showed that Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside are already in midseason form.
Embiid and Whiteside battled it out on the court from the moment the game tipped off, which was evidenced by the Heat center drawing his third foul just 2:21 into the game. Right after that happened, Embiid taunted Whiteside, pointing to the bench and motioning for the Heat coaches to take their starting center out of the game (watch here).
And while Whiteside smiled when it happened on the court, he clearly wasn’t happy about it, which he indicated after the game on Twitter.
It didn’t take Embiid long to get wind of Whiteside’s tweets. As expected, he fired back with a few tweets of his own — calling Whiteside a “softy,” among other things.
Embiid then finished with a joke, which poked fun at how others in the sports world such as Kevin Durant and Roger Goodell’s wife used secret Twitter accounts to defend themselves and others from criticism.
The Sixers and Heat won’t square off in the regular season until Feb. 2, so it will be awhile until Embiid and Whiteside are set to go at it again on the court.