“The Heart of Sports” is a weekly column that curates the stories, pictures and moments that provide a window into the beating heart of sports:
- The father-son bonds forged in sport.
- The tender moments among teammates.
- The thrilling moments from your childhood that you never forget.
- The surprising moments that make us smile or gape in awe
It’s why we watch. It’s why we play.
It’s the stuff that rises up out of sports and settles down into us.
This week’s Heart of Sports comes out of The National Basketball Association.
After a hard-fought seven-game series that they lost at the buzzer, Philadelphia 76ers superstar center, Joel Embiid, turned and started to cry. The first man who he encountered was not a teammate, but Marc Gasol of the opposing Toronto Raptors (the very man he battled all night; the man many said was acquired just for this purpose – to shut down Embiid):
Marc Gasol was the first to go hug a crying Joel Embiid after the game. The world doesn’t deserve this man. pic.twitter.com/RkZoUK4Ir4
— Made in Memphis (@MadeinMemphis1) May 13, 2019
What did he say?
For his part, the usually voluble and often equal parts antagonistic and playful Embiid, appreciated the gesture. He said of Gasol: “I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a great guy.”
So, there you have it. Respect, love, empathy and some tears in Toronto.
Photo Credit: Associated Press/File
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