NBA superstar Joel Embiid, pivot of the Philadelphia Sixers, will now be able to defend the colors of the France team. Cameroonian by birth, he has just obtained French nationality which will allow him to play alongside Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and company. Within the Blues, we also wanted to send a strong message on this arrival of Embiid.
Vice-Olympic Championship TokyoIFrench team basket will be able to count on an additional weapon in view of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. And not just any reinforcement for the Blues. Indeed, now Vincent Collettricolor coach, will be able to call on Joel Embid. It’s been in the works for many months now, it’s now official, the pivot of Sixers of Philadelphia has just obtained nationality, he is a Cameroonian by birth. Now the star of the NBA will be able to play with theFrench team basket in international competition. A reinforcement of weight which will force to block a little more the horizon of some in the racket. Behind Rudy Gobert and Joel Embid, places will be expensive. Whereas Fall of Moustaphafulcrum of theOlympiacoscould therefore pay the price, he wanted to send a strong message to his future teammate in the national team.
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“If he’s there, it’s sure to be taken”
In an interview given to CMR, Fall of Moustapha made a point of welcoming Joel Embiid in French team, not seeing his naturalization as a problem. A beautiful message from the player of the Blues: “ 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, revealed the one who won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics with the Blues. 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 too, so even 4 positions will be impacted “.
“It’s the law of sport…”
And regarding competition with Joel Embid in the racket of theFrench team, To fall dropped : ” 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 “.
“It’s sad for the African continent”
On the other hand, on the side of Cameroonwe have a little more trouble with this choice of Joel Embid. Coach of the Cameroonian selection, Sasha Giffa one to explain The Team : “ I think he has personal reasons, that’s why he chose French nationality. (…) We will continue to work, whatever happens. Now it’s his personal choice. Maybe he’ll join us later, that’s what we hope. But if all the talents do that, it’s sad for the African continent “.