Joel Embiid Posts Message to 76ers Fans: 'I'll Be Back Even Better and Stronger'

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IMay 16, 2019

TORONTO, ON - MAY 12:  Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during Game Seven of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Joel Embiid has had since Sunday's heartbreaking loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to regroup, and the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star is ready to shift his focus to next season.  

"Hell of a season," Embiid wrote on Twitter Wednesday evening. "Proud of my guys and I appreciate all the support you guys gave us all season long. Extremely disappointed and fell short of our goal but this is the motivation I needed and best believe I'll be BACK EVEN BETTER AND STRONGER #TheProcess." 

Moments after Kawhi Leonard improbably made the first series-winning Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history over an outstretched Embiiid to eliminate the Sixers, Embiid was distraught and in tears as he left the court:

Sixers head coach Brett Brown commented on his star's emotions while meeting with reporters after the loss in Toronto.

"To see him have the emotion that he has ... it is painful for all of us, but ...  he'll look in the rearview mirror and remember this," Brown said, in part. "He will come out better and smarter and stronger."

It took a few extra days for Embiid to process, but the 7-footer now shares the same perspective as his coach.

Embiid will take momentum from posting career highs in points (27.5 per game), rebounds (13.6) and assists (3.7) with him into the 2019-20 season.

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