A 9-year-old 76ers fan wrote a heartwarming letter to Philadelphia center Joel Embiid following dramatic Game 7 loss to the Raptors on Sunday

By Matt McNulty
May 14, 2019 01:49 PM

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid was overcome with emotion following the Sixers’ buzzer-beater loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

The Game 7 loss meant that the 76ers were bounced out of the playoffs, and Embiid was brought to tears after nearly blocking Kawhi Leonard’s last-second shot. However, Leonard ended up scoring, bringing Philadelphia’s season to a dramatic close as the shot bounced off of the rim four times before finally falling through the hoop.

With Leonard’s buzzer-beater, the Raptors defeated the 76ers 90-92, and one young fan was touched by Embiid’s tears following the loss, writing the star center a letter to cheer him up.

“Dear Joel Embiid, you are my favorite basketball player. I am sorry that you lost. I saw you crying on T.V. It’s OK to lose sometimes. I lost basketball games too. You got so far and I am proud of you and the 76ers!” 9-year-old Olivia Djamoos wrote, according to the letter shared by NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam
Credit: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty

Embiid endured a difficult post-season this year, sitting out most of the series with a virus. With the loss, the Raptors now advance to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

TNT cameras followed the star center into the hallways as he and his girlfriend cried together as they walked to the dressing room after Sunday’s game.

Olivia also included a picture she drew of Embiid playing basketball in the heartwarming letter, and even took the time to read her letter out loud in an effort to cheer up her favorite basketball player.