Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid has a little less than two weeks to make up his mind about playing for France in the upcoming Olympics.
The French set an October 10th deadline for the star big man, who could also choose to play for Cameroon or the United States.
However, NBA analyst Justin Termine believes Embiid shouldn’t even consider playing for any of those teams next summer, and he should focus solely on the Philadelphia 76ers instead (via SiriusXM NBA Radio).
“[Joel Embiid] should say, I’m not playing for anybody, I’m focusing on the 76ers”.@TermineRadio tells @SamMitchellNBA why Philadelphia’s big man shouldn’t play in the 2024 Olympics. pic.twitter.com/Vr7zEaqrS8
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) September 26, 2023
Termine explained that Embiid isn’t going to be able to hold up for an entire season after playing in the Olympics, saying that he’s got the body of a 33-year-old player despite being 29 years old, and pointing out the fact that he’s never played 70 games in a season.
He stated that the Sixers organization, Daryl Morey, and everybody around him should be quite emphatic about this, urging him to stay focused on his NBA career.
Termine also pointed out that Embiid is often worn out and far from his best come playoff time, which is also a fact.
Truth be told, Embiid would be a prime addition to every team’s roster, even if the French team might not need him as much as Cameroon or Team USA.
The reigning MVP could be replaced by Rudy Gobert or Victor Wembanyama, but there’s simply no way to fill in for him in Philadelphia.
Everybody wants to play in the Olympics, but Embiid’s injury history and proneness could force him to make an uncomfortable decision.NEXT: Joel Embiid Given A Deadline To Choose Team For 2024 Olympics