Critics criticize Joel Embiid for switching from France to USA Olympic team: 'It's easy to win gold'

Joel Embiid is determined to represent the United States in the Paris Olympics of 2024. It's not a certain that he will play, though. 

He is currently recovering from meniscus surgery in an attempt to get back to the 76ers in time for the playoffs this year. Let's see how that turns out.  

However, if he stays healthy, he will travel to Paris with Team USA, and the head of Les Bleus, the French men's national team, Jean-Pierre Siutat, is obviously displeased with this.  

A recent article by Joe Vardon of The Athletic paints the picture—from the perspectives of Siutat and Les Bleus general manager Boris Diaw. 

Of course—that Embiid expressed a strong enough desire to play for France in the 2024 Olympics, despite the fact that he does not reside there or have any direct family ties.  

Siutat started the "not easy" process of obtaining French citizenship for the Sixers center at Embiid's request.  

According to Vardon, article 21.19 paragraph 6 of the Civil Code. 

Which states that nationality can be granted to "a foreigner [...] whose naturalization is of exceptional interest."  

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