April 19, 2018
Joel Embiid made his triumphant return to the court in Miami Thursday night by spiking the hell out of the opening tip in game three against the Heat.
The Sixers' All-Star center, still recovering from a fractured orbital bone, got clearance to play just before game time and came out with the ferocity Philadelphia fans have come to love in him.
But the real question was whether or not Embiid would be permitted by the NBA to wear any variation of the evolving mask he flashed throughout the past week, as seen below.
Joel Embiid spoke to the media today in a mask. I asked him if thinks he could play in game 1 if the playoffs. He said that’s “unlikely, but there’s still a chance.” pic.twitter.com/N4nNcUGbXA— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBCS) April 11, 2018
The answer, in a word, was no. Real progressive, NBA.
This is what Embiid was sporting instead on Thursday night.
A close look at the mask Joel Embiid is using for tonight's game. pic.twitter.com/xzOPoTgRLX— Sporting News NBA (@sn_nba) April 19, 2018
Obviously, there were plenty of alternative suggestions along the way, but here are some of the best fan reactions to Embiid's protective mask — which, uh, broke at one point. And then the very unlikable Justise Winslow (who seems to loathe Ben Simmons) stomped on it.
Joel Embiid’s new mask is pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/apq03okDkm— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) April 19, 2018
Here's the LeBron (not permitted) vs. Embiid (permitted) mask-up: pic.twitter.com/taqZOhXpjf— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 19, 2018
Joel Embiid's mask looks like he is wearing a View-Master. pic.twitter.com/KaKfxsbKP9— Don Draper (@McSteamie_) April 19, 2018
Embiid's mask & goggles like: pic.twitter.com/biAB28tEST— Hot Hot Hoops (@hothothoops) April 19, 2018
Embiid playing with a welders mask on pic.twitter.com/mAK6wIIK3P— Nolo (@_KingOfTheHill1) April 20, 2018
Embiid’s mask is kind of cool. Westbrook needs to go with a Voltron mask for game 3 for no reason other than it would look cool. pic.twitter.com/VlPbR8FGE2— Bennett Berry (@bennettberry) April 19, 2018
Joel Embiid's mask will never compare to Richard Hamilton's mask. pic.twitter.com/VMGW8LQ54a— Josh Warren (@Josh4229Warren) April 19, 2018
All this talk about Joel Embiid’s mask. There’s only ONE mask in my life. pic.twitter.com/uw78qCWH1v— Michael Katz (@MichaelLKatz) April 19, 2018
Embiid has a new mask. Somebody say megaman! pic.twitter.com/OwyXv6ga1M— Dante ellington (@suge_midnight) April 20, 2018
Joel Embiid putting his mask on for game 3 pic.twitter.com/NyzjSZBUnw— T'Haruni Shujaa of Wakanda (@SSP_AJBAYMON) April 20, 2018
Joel Embiid’s mask is everything. pic.twitter.com/I8Dq9ruoky— Amy Fadool Kane (@amyfadoolNBCS) April 19, 2018
"Fuck it, mask off" - Joel Embiid (probably) pic.twitter.com/18suNsdMCz— Austin Guerin (@austinbedaboss) April 19, 2018
Great to have you back, Jo-Jo.