Joel Embiid calls himself ‘The Phantom of The Process’
Being injured hasn’t stopped Joel “The Process” Embiid from talking. He suffered a fractured orbital bone and concussion when he inadvertently collided with Markelle Fultz during the Philadelphia 76ers’ game on March 28. Now, he’s wearing a black mask to protect his injury and rightfully called himself “The Phantom of The Process.”
Below is Embiid’s post:
“No one cared who I was until I put on the mask”…. The Phantom of The Process pic.twitter.com/JOkQxCAxYA
The Sixers have not yet released a timetable for Embiid’s return. When asked if he’ll play in Game 1 of the playoffs, Embiid said, as reported by Derek Bodner of The Athletic:
“Unlikely, but there’s still a chance.”
Per Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times:
“Obviously, I want to play, but right now I feel like I’m not ready yet,” he added. “It’s getting there. Just got to keep working every day. But with the way it’s been progressing, I’m hopeful to be back soon.”
In the even that Embiid will play, there’s a good chance that the NBA won’t allow him to wear the black mask. It looks good, yes. But to recall, LeBron James once donned the same colored mask and was asked by league officials to wear the transparent one instead.
Several others have tried the black mask like Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving but were also asked to switch to the clear mask as soon as one was available. Embiid probably knows the history of the mask. So he’s just enjoying himself as always.
The Sixers will match-up against the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. The Sixers have won three of their five meetings in the regular season. But in the playoffs, everyone knows anything could happen.