Joel Embiid's athletic prowess saved Regina King from a courtside flattening

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Sitting courtside at a basketball game is an immersive experience. You can feel the whoosh of air as the players run past, you can see the expressions on their faces, you might even get sprayed with player sweat.

Or, like actress Regina King, you can see your life flash before your eyes as a giant basketball player nearly flattens you.

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King, who is up for an Oscar for her supporting role in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” was sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden to watch the New York Knicks play the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night when the game became just a little too immersive. In the third quarter, the Sixers’ Joel Embiid went charging after a loose ball, and his momentum carried him off the court and into the first row of seats — right at King.


Embiid is a 7-foot-tall human, but he knows how to control those long limbs of his. He managed to completely leap over King, just barely grazing her hair. Embiid had to land somewhere, though. And he partially landed on a Madison Square Garden statistician, who thankfully seemed no worse for wear. Embiid gave him some shoulder pats right after he got up from the floor, and apologized after the game. Via ESPN:

“It’s good that I saved her life, I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that,” Embiid said, referring to the statistician. “I’m sorry about that.”

King knew she’d escaped an almost certain smooshing, and tweeted her thanks that she wouldn’t have to attend the Academy Awards next month wearing an arm cast and a cervical collar.


Joel Embiid leaps into the stands while chasing a loose ball during the second half against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Joel Embiid leaps into the stands while chasing a loose ball during the second half against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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