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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 16: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets look on during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 16, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic are perhaps the two best basketball players on the face of the planet right now. For 3 straight years, they were 1 and 2 in the MVP race. And it seems like that will be the case again this season. Embiid is one of the best scorers we have seen in a long time, and Jokic is a triple-double machine. And with the two players being so great, it is only natural there will be a bit of a rivalry. Not necessarily between the players themselves. They have been nothing but cordial to each other. But Nuggets and Sixers fans are constantly arguing about Embiid vs Jokic.

The rivalry dates back to 2021 when Jokic first beat Embiid out for the MVP. Sixers fans and Nuggets fans bicker constantly about which big man is better. But what played out on Saturday night when the two teams faced each other was embarrassing. And no, I am not talking about Joel Embiid sitting out.

Nuggets fans had an All-Time hissy fit over Embiid getting scratched at the last minute. They called him soft, called it a disgrace to basketball, and some called for the NBA to punish the Sixers. Turns out players aren’t allowed to have injuries. No Embiid should have played through the knee pain for a regular season game, just to please them. They accuse him of caring too much about regular season awards, then get mad at him for sitting out during a regular season game. They somehow don’t realize that those two complaints oppose each other. The funniest part is them saying Embiid is scared of Jokic. As if he didn’t drop 41 on the Nuggets a week earlier while carrying his team to a win.

Sixers fans are far from innocent in the mud-slinging. They can be just as silly with anti-Jokic slander. But I can’t remember them ever embarrassing themselves like the Nuggets fans and media did Saturday night. The fans are one thing. But the Denver Media getting so petty and whiny was frankly embarrassing.

Here are the best, and whiniest, reactions from Nuggets Media on Saturday Night:

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