Embiid has spoken highly of his love for D-Generation X and Triple H in the past, even performing crotch chops after drawing an "and-one" on an opponent. Triple H has taken notice of Embiid's shouts to DX during the playoffs, starting a Thrust The Process hashtag.
Embiid was a game-time decision with a knee injury for Game One against the Hawks, but he was ready to play a different kind of game in the pre-game intro.
this is the absolute peak for any Attitude Era/NBA fans out there. haven't been this hype since Rodman walked out with the NWO. pic.twitter.com/2O2iVF9tWW— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) June 6, 2021
Trae Young, who must've been a WCW fan, was not impressed as he dropped 25 points to help the Hawks build a 20-point lead at halftime.
The Sixers responded in the second half, but still lost 128-124. Embiid finished with 39 points in the game.
Philadelphia now trails the series 0-1, but remember Sixers fans, it's a seven-game marathon, not a sprint.