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The naturalization of the Cameroonian phenomenon Joel Embiid agitates French basketball


DECRYPTION – Recently naturalized, the top scorer in the NBA is aiming for a place in the French team for the Paris Olympics. A debatable possibility.

A Cameroonian NBA superstar in the France team?



in 2018, in the words of the main interested party Joel Embiid, the hypothesis has taken a completely different turn in recent weeks.

At the beginning of July, the native of Yaoundé obtained French naturalization.

Not yet the passport, nor the essential Fiba license (the International Basketball Federation), but it's only a matter of time.

From then on, it will be up to Vincent Collet to decide.

And the coach, in full preparation for the Euro (September 1 to 18), does not hide his intentions:

"When he will be completely selectable, I do not see why I would not select him."

Moreover, if he had all the required documents and he had not been injured, the pivot of the Philadelphia 76ers (28 years old, 2.13 m)

“would have liked to play this summer”

in the France team , said the general manager of the tricolor selection, Boris Diaw.

So maybe it will be for next summer at the World Cup, a year…

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Source: lefigaro

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