Joel Embiid tried to be nice.
The 76ers center intended to make Saturday night's matchup just about his team and the Detroit Pistons.
To his credit, he shrugged off the initial question about Andre Drummond's tweet at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 that read 'See you Dec. 2nd' That came the day after Embiid dominated Drummond in the Sixers' 97-86 victory after Little Caesars Arena.
Embiid said following the game that he used Drummond's trash talking as motivation.
"When we started the game, he was being aggressive and he was talking, too," Embiid said that night.". … So what I was like [in my mind] 'You want to do that? I'm going to kick your [butt] then. So that's what I did."
But on Saturday Embiid said that night's game about the Sixers (12-9) and Pistons (14-7) when a reporter mentioned Drummond's tweet.
"So I'm not worried about him," he said. "I'm just going to go out there and try to win the game and be worried about the game plan and goal we have as a team."
Embiid did, however, acknowledge that players tweeting about him shows that he's already in their head.
"That means I already go them mentally," he said. "For them to go on social media and just start talking … whatever, saying something or whatever, I think I already got them.
"Like I said I'm already excited about the matchup, it's about Sixers and the Pistons."
Perhaps, he is excited about the teams' matchup.
Just don't ask him how difficult it is to guard Drummond, who has played more from the elbow this season.
"No disrespect, but he can't shoot," he said. "So I just got to worry about the defensive coverages that we have as a team. They run a lot of back screens and backside action. He's also a roller. So he gets a lot of lobs and stuff."