Basketball

Injury a likely hindrance to the Cameroonian star MVP season.

Big man Joel Embiid has been tipped to be at the top of NBA 2020-2021 MVP season rankings with other NBA stars staging a close competition in the race–Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers and another African sensation,2019-2020 season MVP and the Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antentekuompo among the stars.

Joel Hans Embiid, has had the career progress any athlete would wish; born in Yaoundé Cameroon, started playing basketball at the age of 15, became the number one center in the country at age 18 and at 20, after one-year playing college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks–an intercollegiate men`s basketball programme of the university of Kansas, he got drafted third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.He then became an All-NBA just at the age of 24 with four All-Star call-up.

The 27-year-old is now set to be out for 2-3 weeks after sustaining a knee injury against the Washington Wizards. The star landed awkwardly after he went for a dunk. Even though an MRI just revealed a bone bruise on his knee and no structural damage, being out for 2-3 weeks is a blow for a strong MVP candidate that he was, the Sixers organization as well as Cameroon.

The Philadelphia 76ers center and power forward who just turned a year older a week ago has been on beast mode this season and despite putting monster figures, he missed the 2021 All-Star game due to contact tracing following COVID-19 protocols. At the time of the injury, the 76ers were 30-12 and top of the eastern conference with Joel Embiid averaging 29.9 PPG,11.5 RPG,3.3 APG,1.4 BPG, and shooting 52.55 from the field. The injury now puts Embiid`s MVP season in limbo leaving it open to other candidates, can Giannis bring it home?

Steven Kabila

Writing about Basketball as well its socioeconomic impacts. l'écriture est ma tasse de café.

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