La superstar NBA des Philadelphia 76ers, Joel Embiid, sous les couleurs de l'équipe de France

Huge revelation about Joel Embiid’s debut with the Blues!

Just naturalized French, Joel Embiid hopes, in the long term, to compete in the biggest international competitions with the France team. The general manager of the Blues, Boris Diaw, has just dropped a big indiscretion on the arrival of the star pivot in the selection!

After a bronze medal won at the 2019 World Cup, then silver two years later at the Beijing Olympics, their appetite is becoming more and more gargantuan. The France team remains in effect on two great campaigns on the international scene, carried by a workforce combining NBA players and EuroLeague stars. Their ambitions for Eurobasket 2022 are therefore substantial.

But while the preparation of Vincent Collet’s men for this meeting begins this Sunday, a major file remained unresolved: that of Joel Embiid. Originally from Cameroon, the star pivot of the 76ers began the process a few weeks ago to obtain French nationality. This being done, his arrival at the Blues seems to be only a matter of time. Question to which Boris Diaw partly answered.

Joel Embiid wanted to play the Euro with the France team

By seeking to obtain a French passport this summer, Embiid seemed to want to take part in the Euro with Rudy Gobert & Co. However, his recent operation on his right hand made his presence uncertain for the competition. Absent from Vincent Collet’s list, the five-time NBA All-Star will ultimately not be in the game, as Diaw confirmed this Saturday in the columns of The Team :

His application for naturalization was accepted. We know that he is still waiting for a French passport. When he has obtained it, he can start the process and apply for a FIBA ​​license for the national team. He would have liked to play this summer if he had not been injured. But he underwent hand surgery and did not return to basketball. For him as for Victor Wembanyama, it would be too fair.

Embiid’s physical concerns will therefore have got the better of his enthusiasm to join the Blues, he who would certainly have constituted a reinforcement of weight in the racket. However, it will be necessary to wait a few more months before seeing him put on the tricolor jersey. On the other hand, everything seems to be in place for him to represent France at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Anyway, his package for the Euro is not the only one that Vincent Collet’s staff must deplore. As Boris Diaw well reminds us, Victor Wembanyama also received very bad news about his health these last hours. Enough to remove some solutions from the coach to fill the paint, even if the latter will not lack talent with Rudy Gobert, Vincent Poirier, Mam Jaiteh or Moustapha Fall!

Despite all his desire to join the ranks of the France team as quickly as possible, Joel Embiid will therefore have to wait to do so. It is therefore from his sofa that he will be able to follow the exploits of the Blues at Eurobasket, from September 1!

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