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Joel Embiid’s inclusion on Team USA: Understanding the eligibility of the 76ers star for the Paris Olympics men’s team roster

Joel Embiid’s Decision to Represent Team USA at 2024 Paris Olympics

Joel Embiid, the star center for the Philadelphia 76ers, is set to represent the United States at the 2024 Paris Olympics, marking his first participation in a FIBA competition. Embiid, who previously represented the Kansas Jayhawks in college basketball, made the decision to play for Team USA over opportunities to play for France and his native Cameroon.

In a statement posted on X (formerly Twitter) in October, Embiid explained his decision, citing his pride in becoming a U.S. citizen in 2022 and wanting to honor his son, who was born in the U.S. Despite initially expressing interest in playing for France, Embiid ultimately chose to join Team USA, a decision that sparked controversy and backlash from both French and Cameroonian basketball enthusiasts.

Embiid’s journey to the Olympics reflects his international background, having been born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1994 before moving to the United States at the age of 16. With career averages of 27.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, Embiid’s talents were highly sought after by multiple countries, but he ultimately decided to represent the country where he now calls home.

As Team USA prepares for the upcoming Olympics, Embiid’s addition to the roster adds depth and talent to the already formidable lineup. Fans can catch Embiid in action in pre-Olympic exhibitions against Canada, Australia, Serbia, South Sudan, and Germany, with the Olympic schedule including matchups against Serbia, South Sudan, and Puerto Rico.

With the 2024 Paris Olympics on the horizon, all eyes will be on Joel Embiid as he dons the red, white, and blue in pursuit of Olympic glory for Team USA.

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