The Philadelphia 76ers finally returned to the basketball court last night, beating the Washington Wizards…
Joel Embiid has three options if he wants to play in the Olympics when the games head to Paris in 2024.
Embiid spoke to reporters during Sixers’ Media Day today and touched on the topic of the Olympic games and his decision on which team to represent in Paris in 2024. If his home country qualifies, then Embiid would play for Cameroon. Embiid also has citizenship in both the United States and in France, which makes him eligible to join either of those teams.
France has set a October 10th deadline for Embiid to choose which national team he’ll represent in 2024 Paris Olympics, so it looks like we’ll hearing from Embiid on his decision in the next few days.
Joel Embiid: Oct. 10th deadline to choose Cameroon, France, or USA
France has set a Oct. 10th deadline for Joel Embiid to choose which national team he’ll represent in 2024 Paris Olympics, per @StephenTimeRMC.— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 24, 2023
Embiid will decide between France, USA, and Cameroon. pic.twitter.com/AICCkRYaQb
Note: Cameroon’s Olympic hopes are still alive. They are one of 24 countries that will participate in the qualifying tournaments scheduled for July 2-7, 2024. A winner from each 6-team tournament will earn a spot in the Olympics.
Honestly, I don’t care where Embiid decides to play, but I definitely want him in the Olympics.
Ideally, that would be with Team USA and the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and other NBA superstars. That will give Embiid the opportunity to play competitive basketball on the world stage with the best players on the planet.
Plus, Team USA could definitely use the help.
They just finished another disappointing FIBA World Cup, finishing in fourth place without the NBA’s best players on the roster. USA lost the FIBA Bronze Medal game to Canada in overtime, but during the last Olympics, they beat France in the Gold Medal game in Tokyo.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Embiid hasn’t really had the opportunity to do that in the NBA, due to poor roster construction and injuries that seemingly haunt him every time the playoffs arrive.