Joel Embiid is embracing his new mask so much so he made himself into a meme

Though the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center has been ruled out of Game 1 in the first-round series versus the Miami Heat, it appears he'll be back in action at some point during the series.

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Though it's been announced that he will not play in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series with the Heat, donning a brand new black mask, Joel Embiid could be ready to go in short order.


The Sixers center took some shots in his new fit on Wednesday night with the team at the Wells Fargo Center, ahead of the Sixers' final regular-season game a blowout win over Milwaukee.


He also had a little fun on social media, tweeting, "No one cared who I was until I put on the mask... The Phantom of The Process."

I want to play but right now I feel like I'm not ready yet. It's getting there. I've got to keep working every day. With the way it's been progressing, I'm hopeful I'll be back soon.

Embiid had surgery to repair a broken orbital bone after his face collided with Markelle Fultz's head back on March 28. 


76ers head coach Brett Brown says the team hasn't set a hard timeline.


"We do stuff slowly," Brown told ESPN. "He wakes up, we judge how he's done, we move on. In relation to stamping off on a target date, we really aren't in a position to do that. I do feel confident to tell you and the public that Game 1 is highly unlikely."