Considered one of the best players in the world in his position, his naturalization could open the doors to the Blues in view of the Paris Olympics.
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On the eve of the national holiday, Joel Embiid must already sing The Marseillaise. At 28, the Cameroonian basketball player obtained French nationality, according to a decree of Monday July 4 published in the Official Journal. Enough to pave the way for his possible integration into the French team in view of the Paris 2024 Games.
Joel Embiid has officially obtained a French passport!
How long until Vincent Collet is on the phone ahead of #EuroBasket? pic.twitter.com/c1TNAP1gMu
— FIBA (@FIBA) July 13, 2022
The giant of Yaoundé (2.13m for 127kg) is one of the stars of the NBA. He evolved with the Philadelphia 76ers since 2014 where he tours to stratospheric averages of 26 points and 11 rebounds per game. The Sixers center finished top scorer last regular season with an average of 30.6 points per game, but was plagued by injuries during the playoffs.
JOEL WINS IT FOR THE SIXERS FROM DEEP IN OT!#NBAPlayoffs presented by Google Pixel pic.twitter.com/gYFaKf6GY9
— NBA (@NBA) April 21, 2022
Under the jersey of the Blues, he would be a reinforcement of choice in the racket, associated with Rudy Gobert, another French star of the NBA. IHe had already approached the French Basketball Federation in 2016.
At the end of June, the general manager of the Blues, Boris Diaw, himself a former NBA player, spoke on the subject during a press conference in Nanterre. “The day it will be obtained, it will be another matter to make a selection and take the players who have the ability to carry this France team while remaining in the spirit of the group”explained the former NBA player.
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