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Basketball: Joel Embiid will decide between France and the United States at the end of the NBA season

France, USA or none? This is the choice offered by Joel Embiid, Philadelphia’s pivot, of Cameroonian origin. Naturalized French last July and then American in November, the 2.13m giant has not yet decided what follow-up he will give to his international career.

“I’m just focused on the NBA,” he told The Team. With the Philadelphia 76ers currently second in the Eastern Conference regular season, Embiid is coming off a big game against the Brooklyn Nets (137-133) with 26 points.

“I am focused on this NBA season because we have a good opportunity to become champions with the Sixers. I want my head to be 100% here,” he said.

Regarding his international future, Joel Embiid is still not sure of anything: “If I win in the NBA, I can be so tired behind … So it also depends on my body. »

In any case, the opportunity to compete at the World Championships (from August 25 to September 10 in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia) and even the Olympic Games in Paris makes Embiid dream. “It would be a nice sequence, yes, if I win the title with the Sixers before. A title as world champion this summer or Olympic champion next year would be really good. But I don’t know what will happen between now and then.”

As for his choice between France and the United States, the Philadelphia pivot has already set the deadline. “On an international level, it is a good thing that I have obtained French nationality. We will make the decision after the end of the season.

It may take patience until June if the Philadelphia Sixers reach the NBA Finals, whose playoffs begin this year on April 15.



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