NBA MVP decides to play for the United States at the Paris Olympics

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will play for the United States at the Paris Olympics in 2024. With this, the current NBA MVP also had the possibility of playing for Cameroon or France. The information was published by the website “The Athletic”.

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Namely, Embiid was born in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, but moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in basketball.

As a result, in July 2022, the player received French citizenship as a “foreigner whose naturalization is of exceptional interest”. In September of the same year, Embiid also became a United States citizen.

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Now, with the reinforcement of Embiid, the new United States Dream Team gains another big name. NBA stars such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have already confirmed their presence in the team for the Paris Olympic Games.

“Yes, I am interested in playing in Paris. Let’s see what happens. But, considering the players we have, who could fill this squad, I don’t think it would be a big physical drain. So, I wouldn’t have to do much,” said LeBron, upon his return to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Furthermore, Curry, during the Golden State Warriors Media Day said, “I want to play. It’s the only thing I haven’t done yet. I definitely want to be there. Anyway, I want to be on the Olympic team.”

The NBA stars’ decision came shortly after a campaign below expectations for the United States in the last Basketball World Cup. With a squad without big stars, the team was only in fourth place.

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