Joel Embiid, Model GF Introduce New Baby Boy to the World
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Joel Embiid is one of the largest men in the NBA. It’s part of what makes him so dominant on both ends of the floor.

Joel Embiid is also one of the biggest trolls on the social media. It’s part of what makes him so dominant on the Internet.

The lovable Philadelphia 76ers center is as light-hearted and funny as they come. It’s no surprise his sense of humor has worked magic in the girlfriend department.

Joel Embiid’s Girlfriend Anne de Paula

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A new year for us to fill with happy moments ❤️😆

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According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the three-time All-Star appeared publicly with Brazilian Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Anne de Paula for the first time in October 2018. She made the trip to China for the Sixers’ preseason games and posted an Instagram story from the home opener. Previously, she dated Irish rocker Danny O’Donoghue for three years.

Any doubt concerning the status of their relationship was put to rest when Philly owner Michael Rubin posted a postgame Instagram photo of the couple kissing; He jokingly celebrated their engagement. It’s reassuring to see an organization succeed at every facet of the game. This is what Sam Hinke envisioned when he implemented The Process.

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The big man’s relationship is the second most public in the Sixers’ locker room when Ben Simmons is off the market.

After losing in the NBA playoffs to the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater last season, Philly swept by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference first round at the NBA Bubble in Orlando.

Much like many other contenders, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, Embiid is at home watching the playoffs during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19.

The NBA wants a championship, no doubt, but being home also meant he was around for the birth of his first child.

Joel Embiid, Anne de Paula Introduce New Baby Boy

As the basketball world was getting ready to watch the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, NBA superstar Joel Embiid had some trending news of his own on Thursday night.

Embiid and model girlfriend Anne de Paula are now parents, and introduced Arthur Elijah De Paula Embiid on social media.

“We are so blessed and fortunate to welcome our little boy in this family. First of 11 or more? Trying to convince her but I’m not winning so far. I’m just trying to build a soccer team but for real I’m so excited for the future and my life has a new meaning. Kudos to [Anne] for being so strong and giving me the Greatest Gift our life can offer #GodisGood”

The Process for Arthur to the NBA starts now.

This post was originally published on August 6, 2020 before updating with the birth of their new son.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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