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NBA News: Joel Embiid plans to play for USA for next Olympics
October 10, 2023
The MVP of the past NBA campaign the center Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, after more than a year of deliberating, he will choose to play for the USA Basketball. The scoring champ picked the Americans over France or even Cameroon, his homeland, if it qualified for the Paris Games.
Embiid will certainly have his spot for 12 players on the squad, that will be coached by Golden State’s Steve Kerr and his assistants Erik Spoelstra of Miami, Tyronn Lue of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Mark Few of Gonzaga. The plans to be named in spring of next year, so at the moment no player has been named.
The US team has won four consecutive gold metals and trying to look for a new one, next summer in Paris. 12 nations Olympic will be the teams looking for the medals.
The 29-year player is now a US citizen since last year, but was also a French Citizen, so could choose for what team to play with. The US squad hopes to have a dominant force for these games, figures like, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Bam Adebayo, Devin Booker and many more.
In Toronto, international figures in control of team
Two more figures are added to global game plan. The Raptors will have a new coach for the following season, Darko Rajakovic the second Serbian head coach in league history, the second international figure added to the team is the point guard and free agent is Dennis Schroder, where the German lead his squad to win the past World Cup FIBA Tournament.
But another international member of this franchise is Raptors president Masai Ujiri , who has stated “The game is going global” , and its changed so much that the last five players that have been MVP of the NBA have been players born outside the US and this trend will probably continue.
NBA Preseason again in Abu Dhabi
Two new teams have been invited again to play abroad in Abu Dhabi this week as Arabian Gulf countries increasingly use their wealth to establish a foothold with the league.
This time it will be the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves who will play two preseason games in the United Arab Emirates capital.
The two sides have been working on a business relation, the league and the Gulf region, looking for foreign investments, new sponsors and more presence of the Gulf brands in the league.
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is buying a minority stake in the Washington Wizards, with the approval of the Board of Governors.
Last year the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks also played some preseason games, but off the court is where the business is going on, the NBA signed a multiyear partnership with the Emirates Department of culture and tourism.
The Commissioner Adam Silver has said the no Saudi investments have been requested through the league, neither any contact to make preseason games in there county.