Basketball visits the Bridge

Fans all over the world enjoyed last night’s Carabao Cup clash between two London giants, and tonight the capital once again plays host to an international sporting spectacle when the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics meet in a regular season game at the O2 Arena.

Players from both teams were at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening to take in some more traditional British sport ahead of tonight’s clash, and caught up with some of the Blues after the game.

Among them was 7ft Joel Embiid, the Sixers’ star player, who comfortably towers above our own Thibaut Courtois, while Willian was keen to add an extra couple of inches next to the Cameroonian star!

 Celtics players Jaylen Brown and Semi Ojeleye with Soccer AM's Tubes at Stamford Bridge

Eden Hazard, a big NBA fan, met Embiid after the game and is excited to be among the crowd in east London tonight.

‘I spoke with Joel Embiid last night after the game. He’s from Cameroon so he speaks French, I know him because he’s a young guy, a good guy, and I’ve watched him play,’ said the Belgian, who was today voted into UEFA’s Team of the Year. ‘I’m looking forward to the game tonight, and hopefully it will be an entertaining match to watch.’ 

 Sixers players Markelle Fultz, Joel Embiid and Justin Anderson during the game