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Joel Embiid 'no one cared who I was until I put on the mask' meme explained

Joshua Rogers May 7, 2022
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The 76ers star rocked black mask vs the Miami Heat in Game 3 last night (6 May). Afterwards, Joel Embiid posted a meme saying ‘no one cared who I was until I put on the mask’ – here’s where it’s from.

After much speculation 76ers center Joel Embiid took to the floor for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The MVP frontrunner was touch and go for the game all week but in the end decided to suit up.

Embiid scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 99-79 win over the Miami Heat. The Heat are now 2-1 up in the series with Game 4 in Miami on Sunday. However, all night the talk of social media was of Joel Embiid’s black mask.

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Why was Joel Embiid wearing a mask?

Embiid suffered several injuries during Philly’s first round playoff series vs the Raptors. During the series, it emerged that he was playing with a torn thumb ligament.

Then, in the closeout Game 6, the Philly big man took an elbow off Pascal Siakam. He suffered both a fractured orbital and a mild concussion, and was ruled out for Games 1 and 2.

Joel Embiid ‘no one cared who I was until I put on the mask’ meme explained

After the Game 3 victory, Embiid shared a picture of him in the black mask on Instagram with the caption: ‘no one cared who I was until I put on the mask’.

Fans wanted to know what the meme meant. The quote is actually from Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale as Batman.

The movie’s main antagonist is Bane, played by Tom Hardy. Bane is well-known for wearing a mask which dispenses a type of anaesthetic that keeps his pain just below the threshold so he can function. It also distorts his voice.

The ‘no one cared who I was until I put on the mask’ line is a quote uttered by Bane when he is first introduced in the movie. The line is also commonly used as a meme, usually with an image of someone wearing a mask. This is why Joel Embiid used the Bane meme in his caption last night.

Embiid also posts Idris Elba ‘The Wire’ meme

After the game, Embiid also posted an Idris Elba meme to Twitter. The meme is of Stringer Bell, a character from legendary HBO show The Wire.

The meme is of Bell saying: “I want you to put the word out there that we back up. You understand? We back up.”

In the series Elba says it after he gets a drug operation back up and running. Embiid was using the quote to indicate that the Sixers are also back up and running after being 2-0 down in the series.

A pivotal Game 4 takes place in Miami on Sunday.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.