RMC SPORT INFO – Cameroonian interior Joel Embiid, top scorer in the NBA regular season with Philadelphia, and contender for the MVP title, has launched administrative procedures to obtain French citizenship and to be able to play with the French basketball team . .
Joel Embiid’s shadow is still on the French team. Four years after a controversy sparked by a statement from the Cameroonian pivot about his interest in the Blues, it seems the NBA superstar has never been so close to wearing the tricolor jersey.
At the age of 28, the very talented player of the Philadelphia 76ers, candidate for the title of MVP this season, has also started administrative procedures in France, according to our information. A stay in France would be scheduled by the end of June to finalize the dossier.
Only one naturalized player is allowed
In basketball, FIBA regulations allow only one naturalized player for the national team. If Embiid, who has family in France, gets his naturalization, he will be able to play with Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier, even if the latter, like Tony Parker, had opposed this type of selection four years ago.
At the time, the general director of the French Basketball Federation, Patrick Beesley, had told him that the arrival of the Yaoundé native to the French team was possible. There had already been contacts, two years ago.
Strongly favored by Cameroon, whose jersey he has never worn in official competitions, the NBA top scorer for the regular season 2021-2022, who appears at the top of his game, would be a reinforcement of chosen for Vincent Collet. On the rocket, he could form a 5-star couple with Rudy Gobert in Paris 2024.