76ers’ Joel Embiid on Why He Picked Team USA in the Olympics

USA Basketball has announced the 2024 USA Basketball Men's National Team, and the roster includes Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid. The team will compete at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. The games are scheduled for July 26 through Aug. 11, 2024. USA Basketball Men's National Team managing director Grant Hill picked the team, and the USA Basketball Board of Directors made the final approval for the team. The 2024 USA Basketball Men's National Team The 2024 USA Basketball Men's National Team features 12 athletes with lots of USA basketball experience, including the NBA's scoring leader LeBron James, who already has two Olympic gold medals. The roster includes Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat),Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Kevin Durant (Phoenix Suns), Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Boston Celtics), LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Kawhi Leonard (L.A. Clippers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics). In total, the squad already has 11 Olympic appearances and owns 10 Olympic gold medals. But, some of the players will be in the Olympics for the first time. Curry, Leonard, Embiid, Haliburton and Edwards will all be competing in the Olympics for the first time, but Haliburton and Edwards both played for the U.S. team that finished fourth at the World Cup in Manila in 2023. The USA Basketball Men's National Team has won four consecutive gold medals as of late, since finishing with a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games. More than 40 players were under consideration to make it on the squad, so the powers had to take the roster down to just 12. The U.S. men have competed in basketball at the Olympics 19 times. In turn, they've won 19 medals: 16 gold, one silver and two bronze. 76ers' Joel Embiid Discusses Joining Team USA Joel Embiid decided to play for Team USA in the Olympics last year after becoming an American citizen. Embiid was born in Cameroon and could have also decided to represent France at the 2024 Olympics. But, he has very sweet and sentimental reasons for wanting to play for the USA. In a social media post from the 76ers' official account, they have a quote from Joel Embiid, in which he says, "My son is American and I've been here for such a long time. I just felt like, for the past few years, every decision I've made is just based on my family." I think that's such a heartfelt reason for wanting to represent the USA in Paris. [select-listicle listicle_id="279038" syndication_name="5-nba-teams-to-watch-right-now" description="no"]

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