Joel Embiid returned for Sixers against Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring a game-high 42 points, despite starting the first eight minutes hitting 1-of-4 shots, his reappearance came with some revelation, as the Centre admitted “I really thought I wasn’t going to make it.”

Despite Embiid’s impressive return, Sixers lost to 121-120 to KAT’s Wolves.

Embiid’s happiness, however, was personal. The Sixers star enjoyed the game against the T-Wolves as a rookie. And recalled the experience he went through with the Covid-19, suffering from trouble breathing and “headaches worse than a migraine.”

“That pack (COVID) hit me hard. I mean, I really thought I wasn’t going to make it,” said Embiid, who is vaccinated. “It was that bad. I’m thankful to be sitting here.”

Karl-Anthony Towns, who starred in a fight with Embiid during a game a little more than two years ago – where both players were ejected and suspended – said afterward that he was glad to see Embiid healthy again.

“That’s bigger than basketball,” said Towns, whose mother Jacqueline died of complications from COVID in April 2020. “I’ve seen people die from it.”

The Cameroonian center had a complicated time because of the illness, not only being away from basketball. But also not being able to help teammates during the past few weeks.