Boris Diaw hopes Joel Embiid will play for France in 2023 World Cup

2022-09-20 08:08

Boris Diaw says 'it would be nice' to have Joel Embiid on the French NT roster in FIBA World Cup 2023.

Credit: AFP - Scanpix
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The French national team GM, Boris Diaw, hopes to have Joel Embiid in FIBA World Cup 2023, which will be hosted by multiple nations: the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia from next year's August 25 to September 10.

"He [Embiid] doesn't have the FIBA license yet. But it would be nice if he could have it and play for the French national team," Diaw spoke on RMC Sport.

"We know that he has become a French citizen. We try to have as many good players as possible and then make a team that plays well together."

Boris Diaw

Boris  Diaw
Position: PF
Age: 40
Height: 205 cm
Weight: 113 kg
Birth place: Corbeilles, France

Earlier on, Diaw stated that Embiid would have liked to play at EuroBasket 2022, but sustained injury had prevented him from doing so.

The Cameroonian native Embiid obtained French nationality in July.

During the 2021-22 NBA regular season, Embiid averaged a league-leading 30.6 points and 11.4 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers. He became 1st center since Shaquille O'Neal to win NBA scoring champion honors.

Embiid also became the 1st international-born player to lead the NBA in scoring and the 1st center to average 30 points per game in 40 years.

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