Embiid gives young Sixers fan a thrill, says he wants to spend his career in Philly

Eric Walter
January 09, 2019 - 12:40 pm
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) drives past Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green (32) during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In the middle of a win against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, charasmatic 76er Joel Embiid found a new perspective on the game when he took the seat of a young fan in the second row of the courtside seats.

"It was amazing," Embiid said of the experience later on Wednesday morning. He recalled the conversation he had with the fan.

"I just asked him what his name was and how old he was and if he wanted to play basketball when, I guess, he’s older. He said, 'Yes.'"

Asked about his connection to the fans and what he enjoys about interacting with them, he said, "It started when I got here. They've always supported me. I feel like I’ve showed them a lot of love, too. I'll say this: A lot of times I need them to get going. Sometimes the game is kind of easy and I just get relaxed, but I always need someone in the background to push me to play harder and keep dominating. And that’s what they do to me. We have a special relationship. I'd say that I would love to be here for the rest of my career, and these are the type of fans I want to play for."