Joel Embiid on Recent Illness: “I Really Thought I Wasn’t Going to Make It. It Was That Bad.”

The Philadelphia 76ers possess an exciting young team led by talisman Joel Embiid. Embiid has remained at the heart of the franchise’s NBA season campaigns. The 27-year-old Cameroonian has received three All-NBA Second Team call-ups. Embiid recently returned to the 76ers lineup from a significant setback.

Joel Embiid had recently been absent from the 76ers lineup because of contracting the COVID-19 virus. In a post-game conference, while speaking to the media, Embiid described his experiences of battling the virus. Embiid also mentioned his delight at returning to NBA action.

Embiid said, “That jawn hit me hard. I mean, I really thought I wasn’t going to make it. It was, it was that bad. So I am just thankful to be you know sitting here. You know, yeah, I struggled with it. But I’m just glad that I got over it. And I am just here, just doing what I love, and you know, with some good people.”

During Embiid’s absence of nine NBA games, the 76erslost eight of those NBA games. Embiid’s last game before contracting COVID-19 took place against the Chicago Bulls. Embiid scored 18 points, seven assists, and nine rebounds in 34 minutes for the 76ers against the Bulls. He led the 76ers to a 103-98 win over the Bulls.

Embiid started his NBA career in 2014 with the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. However, he made his debut for the 76ers only after two seasons in 206-17 due to multiple foot and knee injuries. The four-time NBA All-Star refers to himself with the nickname, ‘The Process’.

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The Philadelphia 76ers face defeat against the Timberwolves as Joel Embiid returns

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to a disappointing defeat against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Joel Embiid returned to the 76ers lineup after a long nine-game absence due to contracting the coronavirus.

Embiid, however, failed to guide the 76ers to a victory as they fell to the Timberwolves, with a final score of 121-120 at the Wells Fargo Center. Before facing the Timberwolves, Embiid had played his last game against the Bulls.

Nov 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Embiid enjoyed an explosive game for the 76ers as he led them, scoring 42 points and recording 14 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. He spent 45 minutes on the court. Meanwhile, D’Angelo Russell guided the Timberwolves to victory and scored 35 points. The 76ers host the Orlando Magic next at home.

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