The general manager of the Blues gave an update on the Joël Embiid file on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the announcement of the group of 12 players for the World Cup.
With or without Joel Embiid? It will be without for the 2023 World Cup (August 25-September 10), in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. With a French pport, another from the United States, the Cameroonian pivot of the Philadelphia 76ers is not part of the list of 12 players unveiled on Wednesday by Vincent Collet. Anything but a surprise. “I think I can tell you that it seems difficult that he can play with us this summer. However, that does not call into question the fact that he can play with us next year. He is going to get married this summer and it falls in the wrong period, during the preparation of all the teams. It makes it difficult for him to be there, whatever team he might choose», had indicated the coach of the France teamend of April, after world cup draw. And to add:A cross for 2024? No. We listen to it. From what he recently confided to Boris, he is still hesitant in his thinking“.
Boris is Boris Diaw. The former captain of the Blues now officiates as general manager of the French men’s team. He is notably in charge of relations with NBA players. It is therefore logically he who took stock of this file on Wednesday. “I am in contact with him and his representatives. There’s nothing new. At present, he still doesn’t know if he wants to play for a national team, and if so, with which one. He has Cameroonian, French and American pports. He still hasn’t chosen who he will play for“, underlines “Babac”, acknowledging that if the outgoing MVP in the NBA took steps to obtain French nationality several years ago, “it was to play for the France team. But it was also perhaps to give oneself the possibility of choosing. As the procedures are long, it started long before. Today he has the opportunity to choose.Embiid, 29, is coming off a season with 33.1 points and 10.2 rebounds. He would obviously represent an et of choice for the French team with a view to winning gold in Paris 2024.