The center Joel Embiid He was born in Cameroon, but has held US and French nationality since 2022. For this reason, the member of the Philadelphia 76ers He is one of the most coveted players by the national teams of those countries for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
US Basketball could put together one of the best squads for the summer fair with their national players, but Grant Hill, administrative director of the team, revealed in an interview with SiriusXM Radio that are interested in incorporating Embiid and that there have been approaches.
“I’ll just respond with a simple answer and that’s, ‘Yes, I’ve talked to him.’”Hill said. “No, I mean, he looks, he has options, he’s a great player, but he’s also someone we’ll talk about next summer, and we’ll see how that plays out.”
Embiid came to the United States at the age of 16 to attend high school in Florida. and then studied for a year at the University of Kansas. In addition, his son Arthur was born in the United States.
Embiid’s only history in international basketball was his call for Cameroon’s preliminary squad in the 2017 Afrobasket. In that 30 player roster included former NBA player Luc Mbah a Moute and a young Pascal Siakam before stardom with the Toronto Raptors.
About the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Embiid did not make it clear if he would participate with any team. However, Boris Diaw, the general manager of the French national team, stated that the six-time All-Star would have represented the Europeans..
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Joel Embiid’s stats from his MVP season
Embiid was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2022-23 season. for his performance in the regular season. The Yaounde native played in 66 games and recorded 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
His best performance was recorded on November 13, 2022 after scoring 59 points, recovered 11 boards, assisted eight baskets and seven blocked shots.