Emmy award winner Regina King barely avoided a major collision with an NBA All-Star.
Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid nearly knocked over King while going into the stands for a loose ball during the Knicks’ 126-111 blowout loss Wednesday night at the Garden. The actress got hit a bit on the head, but it could have been much worse.
King was grateful she avoided what would have been an ugly collision, tweeting: “Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted” ??
Unfortunately MSG Networks statistician Dave Fried, seated next to play-by-play man Mike Breen, wasn’t so lucky, catching the brunt of Embiid’s momentum. He got up, but must be a bit sore.
Embiid offered a classy apology to Fried in an interview with MSG’s Rebecca Haarlow after the game.
“I’m so sorry,” Embiid said to Fried, who replied, “It’s, OK. I’m all right.”
“First of all, I shouldn’t have done that,” Embiid added. “It’s a regular-season game. I think at that point we were up by 15 points or so. So, that’s my fault. Maybe next time, I do that I shouldn’t try to land with my feet first. But, I’m so sorry.”
Fried, who has been Breen’s statistician for 25 years, said he has had collisions with former NBA players Robert Pack and Charles Oakley, but no one as big as Embiid.
“As soon as he was coming, I said, ‘Oh, no.’ You knew it was going to happen,” Fried said. “It was nothing I could do. You know it hurt for a second. He made sure to miss Regina King, which was pretty good on his part, but I’m OK.”
King received the honor for lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role in “Seven Seconds.” She is also nominated for an Oscar in the best supporting actress category for her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
As for Embiid, he lit up the Knicks, scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Sixers’ win.
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