Following speculations that the 76ers star is considering playing for the French national team, we take a look at Joel Embiid’s nationality and parents.
The Philadelphia 76ers are in the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Miami Heat. Philadelphia, on the other hand, is without MVP frontrunner Joel Embiid, who sustained an orbital fracture and mild concussion in Game 6 against Toronto.
In Game 3 or 4, the big man is likely to return. Away from the NBA, the 28-year-old is reportedly considering international possibilities. We look at Joel Embiid’s nationality and parentage in this article.
76ERS STAR COULD PLAY FOR FRANCE
According to rumours, Joel Embiid is considering changing his nationality in order to play for the French national team at the Olympics.
Embiid has already begun administrative procedures to get French nationality, according to the French news agency RMC Sports.
Embiid will be able to play for France in the 2024 Olympics if this process is finished. He has never competed in an international competition before.
FIBA (through Sports Illustrated) states that “each team is allowed one naturalised player on its squad; at this time, France does not have a player that fits this condition.”
WHAT IS JOEL EMBIID’S NATIONALITY?
Joel Embiid is a Cameroonian who was born on March 16, 1994, in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Joel was born in Cameroon but relocated to Florida as a youngster to further his basketball skills at Montverde Academy. Although Embiid is eligible to play for the Cameroon national basketball team, he has never done so.
The 76ers star was picked to the preliminary team for the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket tournament in the Republic of Congo in 2017. He did not, however, compete in the end.
The Cameroonian is said to have kin in France, which is why he may be able to switch nations.
MORE ON JOEL EMBIID’S PARENTS
Thomas Embiid and Christine Embiid are Joel Embiid’s parents. Muriel Embiid is the couple’s daughter, while Arthur Embiid is their son. Arthur, a 13-year-old Cameroonian boy, was killed by a truck while going home from school in 2014. Arthur was the inspiration for Joel’s son’s name.
Thomas Embiid, Embiid’s father, is a colonel in the Cameroon military and a former professional handball player. Joel’s parents, according to reports, wanted him to be a doctor, but they are strong supporters of his basketball career.