During the third quarter, Embiid lost momentum as he charged for a loose ball. The 7-foot tall athlete then went flying into the first row of seats and right at King.
“Imagine the last thing you see is Joel Embiid running full speed at you,” ESPN tweeted alongside a video of the incident.
Luckily for the Oscar-nominated actress, the NBA star used his agility to avoid falling onto her. Instead, Embiid landed on a Madison Square Garden statistician, who, according to Yahoo News, he apologized to after the game.
“It’s good that I saved her life, I guess,” the basketball player told the sports outlet. “But someone else had to take that [and] I’m sorry about that.”
After the game, King addressed the misstep on Twitter, writing, “Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted [prayer emoji].
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.