As Joel Embiid is sidelined from the Sixers’ opening playoff game in Miami, he’s apparently spending some of the time looking ahead.
French TV and radio channel RMC Sport reported that Embiid had entered into discussions with the France national basketball team about changing his nationality to play for France, which could lead to he plays for the host country of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
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It is not the first time that Embiid, a Cameroonian who has family in France, has considered playing for France. He never played for Cameroon, although the country tried to play him. (Another NBA Cameroonian whom Embiid knows well, Pascal Siakam of Toronto, said he would like to play for the country, but has not done so yet.)
FIBA, the world basketball governing body, allows one naturalized player per team, and France currently has none. The team has several NBA stars in Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.
Fournier and the greatest French player of all time, Tony Parker, said in 2018 that they were against the idea of naturalized players playing for France.
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