Joel Embiid today lost his younger brother Arthur, who passed away in his native Cameroon.
The Philadelphia 76ers, who drafted Embiid with the 3rd pick in this year's NBA draft, announced the news earlier today via CSN Philadelphia.
From their report of the passing:
Embiid will not be at tonight's game between the Sixers and Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. He is still in Philadelphia and joined by coach Brett Brown, president and general manager Sam Hinkie, and teammate Luc Mbah a Moute.
"We obviously consider members of our organization as a huge family," 76ers director of public relations Michael Preston said. "When something of this nature occurs, it trumps a game. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to his entire family."
Embiid is a native of Cameroon and his parents still live there. He is one of three children, having a younger sister Muriel.
Embiid's teammate in Philadelphia K.J. McDaniels was asked about the tragic passing and spoke of having siblings himself. “I do and they are close to me. I know it is a tough situation for him. My prayers go out to him and his family. I know he is a strong dude and he has to keep pushing. I will be here for him and keep him in my prayers.”
Embiid spent one lone season in college basketball, playing at Kansas where he averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 2013/14. This story is all the more tragic for just how fun and full of life we all know Embiid to be. For a young man to be so far away from his family at this time is awful but it is heart-warming to see the Sixers rallying around him so.