If Joel Embiid were indeed to be called up to the France team, then several players would inevitably find themselves pushed out. One of them has just taken a position on the subject, at the microphone of RMC. Hard to be more honest.
We have known it now for several days: after having started administrative procedures during the month of May, Joel Embiid officially became a French citizen. The Cameroonian by birth will therefore be able to shine among the cream of the FIBA scene, provided that he is retained in the national team. This will not be the case immediately, since it is already confirmed that he will not participate in Euro 2022.
For the competitions to follow, on the other hand, everything is possible and fans around the world are bound to be jealous of the tricolor nation. Sportingly, being able to count on the Sixers superstar is a huge plus, especially when it comes to competing against Team USA… but on an ethical level, the approach still leaves many people skeptical. The interior has no particular affinity with the Hexagon, after all. The tauliers of the French team were also quite cautiousthese last months.
In addition to that, the integration of Jojo would also have sporting consequences, and some interiors of the roster will probably have to say goodbye to their spot. We can notably cite Moustapha Fall, who spoke on the subject during an interview with RMC. Surprisingly, however, he sees this potential addition with a rather positive eye:
Of course I am concerned. From an ethical point of view, that can pose a problem, because we never do that. But, on the other hand, the rules are the rules, so we play by the rules. If it’s there, we’ll have to deal with it. It’s the law of sport: if there’s someone better than you, he plays, it’s simple.
Moustapha Fall open on the arrival of Joel Embiid
If he does not deny that the arrival of the Process could raise questions on the moral level, Fall also remains realistic: this is an almost unique opportunity in the history of France, which could potentially count on the best racket of the planet when competing in the 2023 World Cup and above all, the Paris Games. As a result, the big man prefers not to worry too much about all that, believing that Embiid’s place in EDF would be legitimate if the coach had to choose him:
I’m not a guy who projects himself so I don’t worry about that at all. If it is there, it is sure to be taken. He is a player who can be MVP in the NBA every day. Seeing him play with Rudy Gobert can be something, especially since Vincent Collet likes to play big, he can play with two 5 positions at the same time. Embiid is able to shoot as well, so even 4 positions will be impacted.
We can also add that in the case of the Olympiacos player, his place with the Blues was already threatened by the emergence of Victor Wembanyama, who should become the new understudy behind the two NBA behemoths. Regarding their future cohabitation, as Fall explained, it will be necessary to find the right recipe so that the domestic sector runs at full speed. The success of this group in the years to come will probably depend on it.
Moustapha Fall risks losing his place in EDF following the probable arrival of Joel Embiid, but he accepts this thinking above all of the success that France could have with the Sixer in the workforce. An absolutely exemplary attitude on the part of the pivot.