'Crisis averted': Joel Embiid avoids destroying actress Regina King

By Nicholas McGee 14 February 2019 126
'Crisis averted': Joel Embiid avoids destroying actress Regina King

NBA games at Madison Square Garden are known for attracting celebrities to the best seats in the house.

But Oscar-nominated actress Regina King ended up playing a larger role than she anticipated Wednesday night as the Knicks hosted the 76ers.

Indeed, King was fortunate not to find herself on the receiving end of ... star 76ers center Joel Embiid.

King was in the front row as Embiid chased down a loose ball in the third quarter. However, as he charged toward the crowd in an effort to keep the ball in play, Embiid helped avert a nasty incident as the 7-footer showcased his athleticism to leap over King and into the stands.

Speaking after the Sixers' 126-111 victory, Embiid said: "It's good that I saved her life, I guess, but someone else had to, like, take that. I'm sorry about that."

And King was quick to express her gratitude to Embiid, writing on her Twitter page: "Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted."

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