76ers star Joel Embiid, who isn't playing in Game 3 Thursday night against the Nets because of his lingering left knee issue, said before the game that he apoogized to Jarrett Allen for elbowing him in the face and think the elbow could've warranted a Flagrant 2.
"I probably should've been ejected," Embiid said.
The Nets didn't seem pleased after it appeared Embiid was laughing at the podium when discussing the elbow.
"I was trying to be genuine and I was actually sorry about what I did, and I actually apologized to Jarrett during the game," Embiid said. "I kept asking him if he was OK. That was not my intent. I don't do that type of stuff. I just wanted to make sure he was OK. So I did apologize to him.
"Unfortunately at the podium my teammates made me laugh and it kind of took a wrong turn, but I was apologizing. I wasn't laughing because if how sorry I was, which I am. I'm extremely sorry. That's not what I meant to do.
"I was just trying to be aggressive and make a basketball play. Sometimes you've got to use your elbows to create separation, especially into the chest."