Joel Embiid Returned to Action Wearing a Bonkers Mask, and NBA Fans LOVED It (TWEETS)
Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid suffered a concussion and a broken orbital bone when he collided with teammate Markelle Fultz during a game against the New York Knicks on March 28. After sitting out the remainder of the regular season and first game of the playoffs, Embiid cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol on Monday. However, he still wasn’t given the green light to play Game 2 of the Sixers’ first round playoff series against the Miami Heat, much to his disappointment.
Luckily, Embiid was cleared to play in Game 3 in Miami on Thursday. And while the guy scored an impressive 23 points in his first ever playoff game, a 128-108 win for Philly, hardly anyone seemed to care about his actual performance. Instead, the only thing people were talking about on social media was the protective mask Embiid wore, which was unlike any the NBA had ever seen.
Take a closer look:
Embiid’s mask is made of carbon and polycarbonate thermoplastic polymers for extra strength, and it features built in protective goggles.
Obviously, most people on social media thought it made Embiid look like either a superhero or a supervillain.
Playoff Embiid pic.twitter.com/XOgBLVSuGH
— Mitch Goldich (@mitchgoldich) April 19, 2018
Joel Embiid’s mask for tonight’s game: pic.twitter.com/TQn4rvMDqh
— Sixerdelphia (@Sixerdelphia) April 19, 2018
Joel Embiid’s new mask is pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/apq03okDkm
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) April 19, 2018
— stphn (@6th__man) April 19, 2018
— The Process Boys (@TheProcessBoys) April 19, 2018
“You merely adopted the injury report I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the court until I was already a man.” pic.twitter.com/xGqaOR4QNT
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) April 19, 2018
Sweet!! Only took 20+ years but looks like Joel Embiid will be taking Shaq’s place in “STEEL II”. pic.twitter.com/DLErJlbeZL
— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) April 19, 2018
— John Gennaro (@johnmgennaro) April 19, 2018
— Lovell Porter (@AboveAverageLLP) April 19, 2018
76ers fans watching masked Embiid. pic.twitter.com/GOHz8tsWGC
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) April 19, 2018
— Dan Reitz (@Dreitz14) April 19, 2018
Unfortunately, much like Christian Bale‘s first cowl in Batman Begins, Embiid’s first mask needs some modifications. The thing didn’t even last one game before breaking…
Embiid’s mask is broken pic.twitter.com/CvMivGbjpj
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) April 20, 2018
Luckily Embiid doesn’t have a secret identity to protect, so he won’t have to order 10,000 of them at a time. Probably just two or three will do.
Hat Tip – [FTW]