Huge announcement for Joël Embiid
Now naturalized French, Joël Embiid, superstar in the NBA, will be able to defend the colors of France alongside Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and company. However, fans will still have to wait. A big announcement has just fallen on the presence of Embiid in the French team for the Euro in September…
It was one of the soap operas of recent years. Already in 2016, rumors were circulating about a desire to Joel Embiid to obtain French nationality. Last season, this file resurfaced and since July 5, 2022, it’s official, Embiid is naturalized French! A bomb that did not fail to react. The Cameroonian pivot will therefore be able to compete in official competitions with theFrench team !
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An XXL reinforcement for the French team
And the prospect of seeing Joel Embiid among the other stars of theFrench team makes the whole world salivate. The France can now count in its ranks one of the very best players in the NBA. The pivot from Cameroon has been a hit in recent years with the Philadelphia Sixers. In addition to being a benchmark for his position, he is quite simply one of the best players in the League. For the past two seasons, he’s finished second in the MVP race. In terms of statistics, it’s completely crazy: Embiid finished at 30.6 points per game, 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season. And the idea of seeing it associated with Rudy Gobert in the racket of Blues is absolutely terrifying! In recent years, theFrench team established itself as the other great basketball nation behind the TeamUSA, even more with his silver medal obtained during the last Olympic Games (final lost against the United States). And the arrival of Joel Embiid could perhaps allow Blues to pass a new course and who knows how to dethrone the TeamUSA.
Gobert validates the arrival of Embiid
In any case, Rudy Gobert, who could therefore share the racket ofFrench team with Joel Embiidis absolutely won over by this arrival, even if the coach still needs to Vincent Collet decides to take it: “A player like Joël Embiid, there is only one in the world. So yes, I would like to see him one day with the jersey of the French team. It is above all up to the coach to make this decision. But no one can really say no to a talent like him. From the moment it sticks to our team, our chemistry, our principles of play and that he is ready to adapt to it, it can be a very good weapon for us. […] What if Joel [Embiid] is selected, of course he will be well received”.
No Embiid at Euro 2022…
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little longer to see Joel Embiid wear the jersey Blues. In fact, the general manager Boris Diaw announced for The Team that the pivot of Sixers will not participate in theEuro 2022 With l’French team : “His request for naturalization has been accepted”, confirms the former captain of the Blues. “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 (whose package was announced on Friday), it would be too fair (for the Euro)”. Already a first hiccup for Joel Embiid with the Blues…