Joel Embiid says he'll use 'hurtful' tweets from burner account as motivation

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was one of the players criticized most by the burner accounts used by Bryan Colangelo’s wife. While the big man made jokes about the tweets shortly after the story came to light, he admitted that he was hurt by them as well.

Embiid spoke about the tweets on ESPN, saying they were “hurtful,” but adding that all the criticism he read in those tweets would make him a better player.

Here are Embiid’s full quotes, which have been transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk: 

“It was hurtful because of the stuff that was said in those tweets. But at the end of the day, I know who I am as a person, as a player. And I know a lot of people, they’re always telling me I’m great but I have a lot of stuff to work on. And actually, I appreciated everything that was said about me because if it was true – even if it wasn’t – that stays in my mind. And it makes me want to get better. The stuff where they were saying I wasn’t happy, that makes me want to work harder on my body. Or if they’re saying that I couldn’t do anything, it makes me want to work harder and get better. So, actually, I love it. I appreciated it. It was great. It was great for my game.”

What did the tweets say about Joel Embiid?

One of the tweets said Embiid was not the future of the 76ers. Another criticized Embiid for making the team look bad. Embiid “liked” those tweets after the story broke.

What was the fallout from the Bryan Colangelo burner tweets controversy?

An investigation resulted in Colangelo and the 76ers parting ways. The investigators never determined whether Colangelo knew about the accounts. Colangelo’s wife admitted to running the accounts that criticized Embiid, among others, but also “limited and impeded” the investigation, according to the official report.

Embiid remains with the 76ers after signing an extension in 2017. The 24-year-old averaged 22.9 points and 11 total rebounds per game last season. Those are the numbers he’s hoping to improve on after reading the negative tweets.

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Kansas' Joel Embiid reacts to the crowd after his dunk forced a Towson timeout in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Ks., Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Kansas defeated Towson, 88-58. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
AMES, IA - JANUARY 13: Center Joel Embiid #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks adjusts his glasses during the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones on January 13, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum, in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 8: NBA Draft prospect Joel Embiid behind the scenes on May 8, 2014 at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 3: Joel Embiid #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2014 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 3, 2014 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 06: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers plays against the Washington Wizards at Wells Fargo Center on October 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wizards defeated the 76ers 125-119 in double overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 15: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on prior to the game against the Detroit Pistons at Wells Fargo Center on October 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center on October 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Thunder defeated the 76ers 103-97. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 1: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Orlando Magic at Wells Fargo Center on November 1, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Magic defeated the 76ers 103-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 7: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes up for the short shot against the Utah Jazz during a game at the Wells Fargo Center on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers is fouled by C.J. Miles #0 of the Indiana Pacers with Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers looking on from behind and Sergio Rodriguez #14 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacting at the Wells Fargo Center on November 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The following free throws cemented the game and Philadelphia won 109-105 in overtime. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 23: A close up shot of Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Wells Fargo Center on November 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 3: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center on December 3, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 16: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a lay up against Timofey Mozgov #20 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center on December 16, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lakers defeated the 76ers 100-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 3: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves boxes out Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers after a foul shot in the first quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 3: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center on January 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 16: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots a free throw during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on January 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers congratulates Robert Covington #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers for hitting the game-winning basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia 76ers won 93-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a photo during the 2017 All-Star Media Circuit at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans, LA. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers jokes around during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives toward the basket as Kelly Olynyk #9 of the Miami Heat of the Miami Heat defends during the game at Sprint Center on October 13, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 3: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up prior to the game against the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the game against Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors on November 11, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Comedian Kevin Hart walks into Joel Embiid's #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers post game television interview to congratulate him for scoring career high 46-point against Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center November 15, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork S. Djansezian)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers runs up the court against the Golden State Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 25: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts against the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center on November 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball against Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on November 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cavaliers defeated the 76ers 113-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 29: A fan takes a video of Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers warming up prior to the game against the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center on November 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Philadelphia Sixers Joel Embiid attends 2017 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards at Barclays Center on December 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 7: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center on December 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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