Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid shed tears in an emotional ceremony before Friday night’s home playoff game against the Boston Celtics.

Chances are, many others in the packed Wells Fargo Arena and watching at home cried right along with him.

The NBA and 76ers held the ceremony to present Embiid his NBA MVP Award, his first after consecutive runner-up finishes to Nikola Jokić. Embiid stood at center court making his speech, and everything seemed perfectly fine until his 2-year-old son, Arthur, ran out to stand with his father.

Embiid picked up his son, the crowd went wild, and the star had to pause to wipe tears from his eyes.

Gathering himself, Embiid continued his speech, thanking fans.

“We went through a lot all these years,” Embiid said. “We’re going to need you guys, all your support for the rest of these playoffs. We’ve got a long way to go.

“So thank you guys, keep supporting us. Let’s get it started!”

NBA fans loved the emotional moment.

[ESPN; Photo Credit: ESPN]

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