Joel Embiid broke his social media silence Wednesday night and embraced his tearful eye exit from the post season with a new profile picture and promised to return next season "even better and stronger".
The big trap thanked Sixers fans for their support and says his Philly grieving Game 7 loss for Kawhi Leonard and Raptors is the "motivation I needed".
Marc Gasol opened up what he told a devastated Embiid at Toronto's home floor shortly after the eastern conference semis came to a dramatic end.
Per The athletic:
"I just told him how I felt. I care about him. As a big man I understand what he comes from," said Gasol on Wednesday morning, as the Raptors were preparing for Game 1 in the Eastern Conference Final against Milwaukee. same agent. Before he even came to the NBA, he lived in his place. I heard many stories about Joel growing up. I've always been a big fan of him and his personality. It's between me and him.
"Unfortunately in sports you will be on the losing side more than the winning side. It's just like professional sports work. You lose more than you win. Unfortunately, but it's true."
After one of the most spectacular gains in his professional career, Marc Gasol, who had only spent more than 45 minutes playing time, could beat Embiid, giving him empathy.
"Marc has a lot of class. Of course I have a lot of respect for him," Embiid said on the podium after match 7. "I do not share anything, but of course he talked to me and made sure he announced that I will be here on this Now and then in my career, I have a lot of respect for him and he is a good guy. "
He hugged him, talked to him, and continued as Philadelphia Backup Center Greg Monroe came out to comfort the Sixers star.
"That's the way I perceive it," Gasol said. "I thought it was necessary for him to know how much I care about him, how much I respect him, how much I like his game and how many times he will be on the other side to lose. I don't know. it is a common reaction to me. "
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