After eight years of ups and downs from injury, homesickness, an NBA-level familiarity, a love-hate relationship with Philly fans and criticism from living legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, he was awarded the ‘World Player of the Year’ award.
“My life is like a movie,” the Cameroonian once referred to his career. The shy is by no means the gentle giant with a tenor voice. He regularly flirts with singer Rihanna and reality star Kim Kardashian via social media. He also passionately cheers for Real Madrid and Max Verstappen.
This year, Embiid has taken the 76 who have drowned deeply in recent years on his back. The Center He averaged 30.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in the regular season. In the past forty years, no player in his position has done so.
Product of NBA Africa
Sounds like a stroke of luck from a tall boy with a unique talent, discovered in his own country with a bit of luck? A unique talent, that’s for sure. But luck? Feel free to describe Embiid as the first hugely successful product of the investments the NBA has made in African Basketball two decades ago.
Since 2001, the National Basketball Association has assisted extensively in the organization of international training camps under the name “Basketball Without Borders”. This is how the Mbah A Moute camp was set up in Cameroon, where Embiid was discovered.
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