Denver Nuggets inject humor into the NBA narrative with an unexpected move ahead of the clash against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Known for the "Philly Special," where Joel Embiid avoids Denver games 

Nuggets' playful move is seen as a message, potentially reigniting competitive dynamics or simply engaging in good-natured banter. 

Joel Embiid strategically manages his game appearances 

Joel Embiid strategically focusing on home games and matchups against perceived weaker opponents. 

The injury report prank serves as a playful dig at Embiid's calculated approach to his playing schedule. 

Tuesday's game is framed as a showdown between the "best player in the world"  

The Nuggets, guided by coach Michael Malone, aim to put to rest debates from last year's award season