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Joel Embiid Once Considered Retirement Amidst Injuries
Apr 5, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts to an officials call during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 107-93. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid Once Considered Retirement Amidst Injuries

Joel Embiid is such a fun-loving person both on the court and in social media that you probably can’t imagine the guy being sad. However, as Embiid himself revealed, he is still human.

Embiid, via ESPN Radio:

I was such in a dark place. I wanted to quit basketball. I just wanted to go back home and just leave everything behind.

That was right after my second surgery. I just couldn’t do it anymore. I just wanted to, like, quit.

Thankfully — for both him, the Sixers, and us — Embiid stuck it out.

Considering it took him so long to get on the court, we never would have known what we’d be missing if he retired early. But now we know.

Embiid is one of the NBA’s top young players and has almost singlehandedly made the 76ers fun to watch. He plays with such an outward enthusiasm, he can’t help but rally teammates and fans around him.

Photo Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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