How many times has France led an intimidating team and how many times has it failed, with the last Eurobasket as the most recent example after succumbing in the final to the collective power of Spain despite having better known names than Sergio Scariolo’s team. But what he can put together on the parquet facing the world from Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia next year and the 2024 Paris Games belongs to another dimension: Joel Embiid, Victor Wembanyama, and Rudy Gobert.
The fantasy has just taken shape these days seeing the level of Victor Wembanyama in case his scarce presence in the Euroleague with ASVEL last year due to injuries -the same reason he missed the Eurobasket-, had cast doubts. “A couple with Wembanyama in the painting in Paris?”, It’s probable”, Gobert acknowledged in yesterday’s Ignite-Metropolitans broadcast, the Timberwolves’ ‘center’ delighted with having a teammate like Victor, who, potentially number 1 of the Draft of 2023, He would arrive at the World Cup as a player in the best league in the world.
It would be necessary to complete this opulent NBA trio the confirmation that Joel Embid dressed in France, a possibility that has been talked about again these days. The pivot of the Sixersa native of Cameroon, obtained French nationality in July but received a US passport in September and has not yet revealed which of the three teams he will represent.
“Embiid should play with us”
“I think he should play with us”, the French coach has said these days, Vincent Collette, also coach of the Wembanyama Metropolitans 92. “But we will see, we will respect his decision whatever it is,” Collet said. The coach revealed that the General Manager of the French teamBoris Diawis in contact with Embiid.
The positive for France and negative for those who challenge the French team is that the three aces have a natural fit to play at the same time. Governor, 2.16, All Star and three times Best Defender in the NBA, he can act as a pure center and Joel Embiid, -also All Star-, play as a more open inside with his good shot from three -37% last season with 3.7 shots per game. And the boy who does everything well, Victor Wembenyama, wherever he wants.
One of the ‘consequences’ of this trident is that contrasting interiors in Europe are ‘minimized’ by its side and one of them could be left out: Vincent Poirier Y Guerschon Yabusele (Real Madrid) and Mustapha Fall (Olympiakos), the three present at the Eurobasket. All this, apart from the portentous outside game that make up the Okobo, Albicy and also the NBA Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.
After 9 years without winning a gold – the last one, the Eurobasket 2013-, reaffirmed the complex against Spain after losing the last continental final and again splashed by another controversy of Thomas Heurtel -another immense talent-, France licks his lips at what he can have, a wet dream for the Gauls, imminent danger for others: a trident Embiid-Gobert-Wembanyama.
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The NBA trio that France can put together for the World Cup: it’s scary!