Joel Embiid did not have the traditional NBA Draft Night.
Many of his contemporaries huddled in Brooklyn, New York anxiously awaiting their professional basketball destinies. But, Joel participated virtually from California on the heels of a major surgery that took place six days prior.
Joel remained optimistic and excited about his basketball future. He tightened his tie, gathered with his family, and waited to hear his name from the man who would announce his fate - the NBA commissioner.
He didn’t have to wait too long. Joel was selected No.3 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. And, while his NBA dreams were turning into reality, on-screen Joel appeared stoic, or maybe even, disappointed.
In reality, a broadcast delay failed to capture his initial excitement. But right then, a viral meme was born.
Joel immediately took to Twitter to confirm his excitement and, according to media reports from the night, "he spent the next hour reading tweets and looking at pictures on his cell phone, laughing hysterically at some of the memes poking fun at his solemn expression that was shown on TV."
The UA Embiid One Draft Night colorway is inspired by that soon-to-be viral moment from Joel’s draft celebration. The shoe’s vibrant combination of colors was selected with the unmistakable tones of the “Please Stand By” broadcast screen in mind. Each shoe is highlighted by unique design elements. The left shoe’s TPU support wing is pink with yellow splatter, while the right is blue with yellow splatter. Each outer sole has varying color blocks. The pull tab draws influence from the ping pong balls used to determine the order of the NBA Draft and features an iconic No. 3, Joel’s selection.
More about the UA Embiid One Draft Night
The UA Embiid One Draft Night colorway supports all five positions on the court. It leverages proprietary UA HOVR™ and Micro G® cushioning technologies in the midsole to offer both support and flexibility. The specially designed TPU support wings offer additional midfoot stability.
The UA Embiid One Draft Night colorway will drop in North America for $120 USD adult and $90 USD grade school via UA.com, UA Brand Houses, Finish Line, Champs Sports, Hibbett Sports, and Eastbay on December 18. To commemorate this year’s event, a limited number of pairs will be made available during the 2020 NBA Draft via UA.com and the UA app (November 18).