Joel Embiid is aiming for the France team

Inside the 28-year-old Yaoundé-born Philadelphia Sixers, “made his request for nationality and he hoped to have it to be able to play in the France team. Last I heard, he’s still in that process., confirmed Diaw during a press conference in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) where the Blues train before qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup. But the possible naturalization of Embiid would not guarantee him provided direct access to the France team according to the general manager of the Blues. “The day when it will be obtained, it will be another subject to make a selection and to take the players who have the capacities to carry this team of France while remaining in the state of mind of the group.“, pointed out Diaw.

Embiid’s first approaches to the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) date back to 2016. Revealed two years later, they had aroused not very enthusiastic reactions, with full-back Evan Fournier believing in particular that “playing for a country with which you have no ties is disturbing“. The captain and winger of the Blues Nicolas Batum had shown himself to be more nuanced about a possible integration of the best scorer of the season in the NBA (30.6 points on average) in the French team, in an interview with the newspaper L’ Team in May.”I can understand that it disturbs ethically, but (…) an Embiid-Gobert racket (pivot of the Blues Editor’s note), p…n!“, he had said. “So here it is, ethically, I understand, but +baskettement+…“, had added Batum.



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