Regina King reacts to Joel Embiid jumping over her at Madison Square Garden
Sitting courtside at an NBA game is a thrilling experience, but the privilege also comes with its fair share of risks. Oscar-nominated actress Regina King witnessed this fact firsthand during the Knicks’ 126-111 loss to the Sixers on Wednesday night, when Joel Embiid hurdled over her head while going for a loose ball.
The incident occurred in the third quarter. King was seated in the front row. As Embiid made an attempt to keep the ball in play, he narrowly averted a nasty collision with the well-known actress and director:
“It’s good that I saved her life, I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that,” Embiid said after Wednesday’s game, referring to King. “I’m sorry about that.”
King later sent out a tweet to confirm that she was unharmed:
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) February 14, 2019
Embiid, who finished Wednesday’s game with 26 points and 14 rebounds, could have easily let the ball fly out of bounds. That’s not his style, though. The former No. 3 overall pick later told reporters that he was just playing hard:
“I only know one way to play and that’s to play hard and compete,” Embiid told ESPN during his postgame media availability.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown commented on Embiid’s dive as well:
“Just like I think our owners and our fans back home were thinking,” Brown told ESPN. “You respect his aggression, and his passion, but you don’t want that. I say that out of love and care. It’s stuff you hope to avoid.”
For the Knicks, Wednesday marked their 18th straight loss, which is the longest losing streak during one season in franchise history. Allonzo Trier scored 19 points and fellow rookie Mitchell Robinson had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. added 13 points.
“All we can do is keep building on the good things we’re doing and try to fix the things that are mistakes for us,” Trier told ESPN.
The Knicks (10-47 and fifth in the Atlantic Division standings) will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll travel to Atlanta for a matchup against the Hawks. Tip-off inside State Farm Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.