Joel Embiid Tells Story Of First Shirley Temple At Kansas Party

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Sixers are creatively using Joel Embiid’s love for Shirley Temple’s as part of his all-star voting campaign.

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Embiid was asked about his first Shirley Temple on Wednesday, ahead of the Sixers’ game against the Knicks.

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“I was at Kansas one night when I got to college,” Embiid told the media. “I didn’t go out at all and then one night, I went out with my teammates. I don’t drink alcohol, so I wasn’t drinking. And this girl walked up to me, she was like talking to me. She’s like, ‘Why aren’t you drinking?’

“I was like, ‘I just don’t drink. Alcohol is nasty.’

“And then she was like, ‘I might have something for you.’

“So she went and got a Shirley Temple and then I was like, ‘Oh, OK!’ I fell in love with it and since then I’ve been drinking it.”

Embiid says he still drinks a Shirley Temple almost daily.

“I kind of cut down a little bit on that,” Embiid said. “I used to drink a lot of them, but I gotta keep my diet. Almost every day.”

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