Joel Embiid thought he’d get booed in first game at home
After being selected third overall in the 2014 draft, Joel Embiid was forced to miss the past two seasons due to a series of injuries on his right foot. But on Thursday night, he finally played for the first time in Philly, in front of the Philadelphia 76ers fans.
The Kansas product received a warm welcome from the crowd when he was introduced by the stadium announcer. He admitted to feeling good about it as he actually thought he was going to get booed.
— John Clark CSN/NBC (@JClarkCSN) October 7, 2016
Though the 7-foot center only had 12 minutes of playing time, he was able to make a good account of himself and even made a highlight play when he showed a glimpse of his defensive prowess, with this block:
Embiid says no! The fans liked this one. pic.twitter.com/uqFtM1dmHT
— Enrico (@The700Level) October 6, 2016
Embiid finished the game with 5 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block. But most importantly, left a positive impression with the fans and made them feel excited about this coming season.