As This NBA Star Was Taking Photos With A Lion, The Big Cat Suddenly Made A Lunge For His Arm

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Injuries are part and parcel of being a basketball player. But Joel Embiid may be the first NBA star to suffer one because of a wild animal. Here’s a look at how the Philadelphia 76ers center got closer to nature than he intended when he visited a South African animal refuge.

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Born in Cameroon in 1994, Joel Embiid initially harbored ambitions of becoming a professional volleyball player but switched to basketball in his mid-teens. He was then taken under the wing of NBA star and fellow Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute after impressing with his skills on the court. At the age of 16 Embiid relocated to the U.S. to further pursue his hoop dreams.

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