Which country will Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) play for at the upcoming 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?
On Oct. 25, European basketball publication EuroHoops published an article titled “The French Basketball Association expects Embiid to answer by Oct. 10 whether he will play in the 2024 Paris Olympics.” Embiid is one of the NBA’s top big men.
Embiid is one of the NBA’s best big men, averaging 33.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 66 games last season. After a tight regular season MVP race with Nikola Jokic (Denver), Embiid was named MVP for the first time in his career.토토사이트
With this performance, it will be interesting to see which country Embiid will represent at the Paris Olympics next year. He currently holds French, American, and Cameroonian citizenship, in addition to his native country.
Realistically, France and the United States are the favorites. France, in particular, would love to have him on their team, especially since the Olympics will be held on their soil. If he were to join the team, he would join “super rookie” Victor Wambanyama (San Antonio), Rudy Gobert (Minnesota), and Evan Fournier (New York) to form a strong roster.
French Basketball Federation president Jean-Pierre Siuta told French radio station RMC: “We had the opportunity to discuss with Embiid the possibility of joining the national team and we are waiting for a decision. We hope to have an answer by October 10th.”
The addition of Embiid could be a huge boost for the United States, who are coming off a disappointing ‘no-medal’ performance at the 2023 FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup. ‘Legend’ LeBron James (Lakers) has been reported to have expressed his desire to participate in the Paris Olympics, and is said to be assembling a ‘dream team’ of top players, including Steph Curry (Golden State) and Kevin Durant (Phoenix).
One thing is for sure: his time is running out.