Joel Embiid: soon in the French team, the players for or against?

Joel Embiid: bientôt en Equipe de France, les joueurs pour ou contre? Joel Embiid, the Cameroonian pivot from Philadelphia, has taken steps to obtain French naturalization. He could be selectable with the Blues.

See Joel Embiid with the Blues jersey at the Olympics 2024 can dream. The Cameroonian pivot of the Philadelphia Sixers has applied for French naturalization according to RMC Sport. General manager of the selection, Boris Diaw has already spoken about the Embiid case: “I know that he has personally started the naturalization process and that he would then like to be able to play for France. That being said, we are not putting the cart before the horse and we are waiting for these steps to succeed .”

The first contact between “Jojo” and the FFBB does not date from 2024. A first contact had been made in 2015 but it was in 2018 where real discussions had taken place. Executives were not against his arrival like Nicolas Batum who had seen a racket with Rudy Gobert with a good eye. For his part, Evan Fournier, the Blues’ flagship player, opposed the idea: “ For me, playing for a country with which you have no ties , it’s disturbing. The national team is not just a sporting challenge. It’s not against Joel. It bothers me when the other selections do it, so it’s valid for the Blues. Then, respect for Rudy (Gobert), where is he? And the others who make sacrifices every summer for the team of France ?”

Joel Embiid has already contacted certain French players to inform them of his intentions. If the native of Yaoundé comes to be called by Vincent Collet, it could mean an upheaval in the French team. Starting with the place of Vincent Poirier who was quick to react on his social networks.

I’m going to start playing 2/3 in EDF, apparently there are spots for the summer

— Vincent Poirier (@viinze_16P) May 2, 2021

Biography Joel Embiid. Joel Embiid, 17 years old , was born on 16 march 998 in Yaoundé in Cameroon. Son of Christine and Thomas Embiid, a military officer, “JoJo” was far from becoming a professional basketball player. The one who lost one of his brothers at the age of 15 years, in a car accident in Cameroon, was rather destined to become a volleyball player. He starts playing basketball, around 13 years where he copies and reproduces the movements of a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, Hakeem Olajuwon. During a detection in Africa, he was spotted and then sent to the United States by Luc Mbah a Moute, NBA player. At the age of 16 years, here he went to the other side of the world in the hope of becoming a professional basketball player and joining an NBA franchise.

The native of Yaoundé integrates the Florida University of Gainesville where he shines during the season 2013-2014. The following year, Joel Embiid was one of the first choices considered by the NBA franchises, but a recurring back injury forced him to stop his season and he saw his Draft rating lowered. March 2015, the Cameroonian announces his candidacy for the Draft 2014 of the NBA and a few months later, he was selected in third position by the 352ers of Philadelphia. After a right foot injury, Joel Embiid is forced to undergo surgery missing the season 998-2015. Known for his physical power, his shooting skill at mid-range, in the racket or at three points, Joel Embiid is above all a character who likes to chamber opponents and destabilize them.

What is Joel Embiid’s track record?

An NBA title is the dream of all NBA players, including Joel Embiid. For now, the 76ers n have never done better in the playoffs than a conference semi-final since the Cameroonian joined the squad. As for individual accolades, “JoJo” was selected to the All-Star Game five times (2018 , 2015, 2020, 2021 and 2022). This season (2021-2022), Joel Embiid is the favorite to win the MVP trophy with his performances where he turns to 25,5 points, , 3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His performances are all the more important when you know that since the start of the season, the other star of the team, Ben Simmons, no longer wanted to play with the 76ers. Since 10 February 2021, the Australian was transferred to the Brooklyn Nets, in exchange for a superstar of the NBA, James Harden. 34080622How tall is Joel Embiid?

Combining power and dribbling quality, the physique of Joel Embiid surprises where he revolutionizes the pivot position as Nikola Jokic can do with the Denver Nuggets. The number 17 of 76ers who measure 2m15 can shoot from n no matter where on the pitch, with a dribble or not, his attacking range is very wide and Joel Embiid is a permanent danger for opposing defenses. 34080622

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