NBA: Rudy Gobert returns his jacket for Joel Embiid
Having started naturalization procedures in order to obtain French nationality, Joel Embiid could well wear the jersey of the French team soon. But his potential arrival in the France group had not particularly convinced Rudy Gobert so far, the pivot of the Minnesota Timberwolves expressing some reservations. However, the 30-year-old was finally convinced and also validated Joel Embiid in the France team.
Yet born in Cameroon, Joel Embiid could well wear the jersey of theFrench team shortly. The star of philadelphia 76ers has not played any official match with his country of origin. And with his French family, the 28-year-old player has started naturalization procedures. Once he has obtained French nationality, nothing can prevent him from being selected with the Blues for international competitions. Moreover, the coach Vincent Collet confirmed that he was clearly not going to deprive himself of it. « When it’s fully selectable, I don’t see why I wouldn’t select it. As much as possible, we always took the best players. I consider that from the moment it is selectable, it belongs to this categoryhe explained. Nevertheless, some expressed some reservations about the coming of Joel Embiid in French team like a certain Rudy Gobert.
Gobert had some reservations…
« He’s an incredible player… After that, there are a lot of things that we have to think about in terms of logistics and above all, that it’s possible. It’s clear that Joel is a unique player. We have an already well-knit team and a group that lives well together too… It’s clear that we have to see how it could work for the group“confided the new pivot of the Minnesota Timberwolves a few days ago. But water has flowed under the bridge since and Rudy Gobert seems to have changed his mind about Joel Embiid.
… but now validates Embiid in the French team
« Embiid? He’s an incredible player. There is no player like him on the planet, so yes, I would like to see him one day with the jersey of the French teamsaid the 30-year-old in comments reported by Let’s talk basketball. Joel Embiid also seems to have convinced Rudy Gobert from now on. The more time passes, the more the star of philadelphia 76ers seems to be unanimous within the France group.
Twin Eiffels. 🇬🇧Rudy thinks Embiid is a unique player. pic.twitter.com/GxILI3K6PM
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Evan Fournier had already validated Embiid in the French team
A few days ago, Evan Fournier had already validated the potential arrival of Joel Embiid in French teameven if he admits that he was not especially for it at the start: « In principle, I was refractory in the past. But you have to watch all the teams and see what happens. In Spain Lorenzo Brown (American player) obtained his naturalization while he should not even know how to say hello in Spanish… Greece did the same. There are so many things to consider. But in any case, for now, Joel has a very good gait.» To see now if Joel Embiid may obtain French nationality. In any case, fewer and fewer people oppose his coming to French team. To be continued…