New York Knicks forward, Evan Fournier, expressed his lack of surprise at Joel Embiid”s decision to represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics rather than the French Federation. Embiid, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, holds dual citizenship in both the United States and France, hailing from Cameroon.
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Fournier revealed that he made efforts to recruit Embiid to Team France a year ago, but those attempts fell short. He highlighted that there had been ongoing communication between Joel and the French Federation, with Embiid initiating contact. This exchange between them took place last summer.
“Joel and the French Federation, they’ve been in contact for a while,” the French Knicks forward said during training camp in Charleston, SC. “If I’m not mistaken, it was actually Joel who started the contact with the French Federation. So yeah, we did have an exchange last summer.”
Evan Fournier on Joel Embiid choosing to represent USA instead of France at the Paris Olympics next summer
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Joel Embiid”s choice regarding which national team to play for in international competitions has been a hot topic recently. The Philadelphia 76ers” superstar had to decide between Team USA and Team France. Ultimately, he opted for Team USA, further strengthening a team determined to bounce back from their fourth-place finish in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
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Evan Fournier, a key player for the French national team, acknowledged that having Embiid participate in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris would benefit the event, even if it significantly bolsters the early gold-medal favourites.
Fournier stated, “I think it makes them better for sure. They’ve been saying they need a dominant big man and now they have one. So they’re better. It’s good for basketball, for the Olympics. I think basketball is gonna be the main event in Paris next year, so it’s good for the sport,” Fournier said, per Kristian Winfield of New York Daily News.
While France may have needed Joel Embiid more than Team USA did, there”s still hope on the horizon. They have Victor Wembanyama in their ranks, and at only 19 years of age, he promises to be a foundational star for years to come.