Watch An NBA Player Almost Crush Regina King Sitting Courtside

Regina King didn't intend on stealing the show when she attended a recent NBA game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, but that's exactly what happened when she almost wound up in a collision with athlete Joel Embiid trying to catch a loose ball in the middle of the game. The Academy Award-nominated actress certainly had a memorable reaction to the situation too, as you can see below.

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As it was recounted by Good Morning America, Joel Embiid was making a bit to catch the high-flying ball during this week's basketball game when he opted to fly straight into the crowd and halo over Regina King's head, who ducked instantly when the 7-foot (!) professional basketball player went into the air and flying towards the ball.

Thankfully, it appears that Regina King wasn't hurt during the incident, although the person behind her might've gotten an injury or two based on the footage that's presented in this social media clip. It certainly would've been awkward if King found herself with an injury before she is set to walk down the red carpet for this year's 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony. But thankfully, the star appears unharmed.

Regina King wasn't the only celebrity in attendance during the basketball game. Tracy Morgan can also be seen in the crowd, and he appears to be laughing at the wild spectacle that he saw during this sporting event. It's not every day that you see an Academy Award-nominated actress almost get thrown off her rocker by a professional athlete, but that's (almost) what happened during this sporting event. But Regina King doesn't appear to have walked away with any injuries. Instead, she left with a story she's not likely to forget anytime soon -- especially since it's on camera.

As it was mentioned earlier, Regina King is celebrating a career high-point at the moment. The actress was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her tremendous work in Barry Jenkins' masterful adaptation of If Beale Street Could Talk, and it's her first Oscar nomination. It is not yet known if she will win the coveted award later this month, since it's a competitive category (as per usual) with Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Marina de Tavira and Amy Adams vying for the award too. But King has a decent chance of winning, notably since she took home the Golden Globe in January.

With that, the next time we write about Regina King, there's a pretty darn good chance it will be because the actress won her first Academy Award. But we'll obviously keep you posted if that happens during the height of awards season. For now, though, if you want to catch up on the latest news in film, television, pop culture, video games and more, you can always check back with us right here at CinemaBlend.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.