Oct. 14 (UPI) -- It's still the NBA preseason and there is already a high-profile Twitter beef.
The exchange began after the Sixers' 119-95 win against the Heat at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Whiteside posted seven points and had three rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 11 minutes. He also had four personal fouls. Embiid had five points, seven rebounds, an assist and a block in 15 minutes. He also had three fouls. Embiid was 1-for-7 from the floor.
The two were all over each other from the opening whistle, as each registered a blocked shot on the other. When Whiteside picked up his third foul in the first quarter, Embiid signaled to the Heat's bench to take him out.
After the game, a fan tweeted: "Joel Embiid u funny saying someone can't guard u when ur 1-7 respect [Whiteside]."
Whiteside responded by tweeting: "the media won't show that."
He also responded to a post from Bleacher Report.
"Funny how y'all don't show me telling him the same and 1-7 shooting or the first two flops I mean blocks. Lol y'all fan boys I swear," he tweeted.
Five minutes later, Embiid got Twitter fingers.
"Dude they had to take your [expletive] out or you would've fouled out in 5 min... And we're talking about Preseason, not regular season..... #Softy." Embiid tweeted.
"And keep caring about stats and not your team success..... your +/- was [expletive] @youngwhiteside #Softy," he added.
Whiteside fired back by calling out Embiid for his lack of on court experience.
"@JoelEmbiid 31 games in 3yrs," Whiteside tweeted. "Hopefully I get to see you regular season #SolarEclipse #EmbiidEclipse."
The Heat and the Sixers face off on Feb. 2 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the regular season.