Joel Embiid fulfills young 76ers fan’s final wish over FaceTime
Since he first arrived in Philadelphia, we have known him as a kind and caring individual. Over this past weekend, the MVP candidate showed why he’s earned that reputation. In a clip from the All-Pro Philly Show on Fox Sports The Gambler, co-host Jerrold Colton shared a story in which the Sixers big man fulfilled a young fan’s final wish: a FaceTime call with the MVP candidate.
Of course, Embiid FaceTimed with the 17-year-old fan in hospice care. While I hadn’t heard about this story anywhere else, I wasn’t surprised in the slightest. That’s just the kind of guy Embiid is and always has been.
Here’s Colton explaining how Embiid connected with the fan:
A moving story that, if not for this little clip, so few people would even know. You can listen to the full conversation here starting around 22:19.
I know a FaceTime call may not seem like much of a gesture on paper, but it must have meant so much to the fan and his family. These NBA players are busy guys, and I’m sure they get loads of requests like this.
It also says something that none of this came from Embiid’s camp. I know the guys over at The Gambler and can confirm this story coming out is definitely not his peoples’ doing.
Not to make a big deal out of it or anything, but it’s great to have a class act like him in Philadelphia. There are a lot of great guys across all of our teams right now, but nobody strikes a balance between talent and pure-heartedness quite like Joel Embiid.
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