The Process is American! Sixers star Joel Embiid reveals he was sworn in as a US citizen earlier this month after the native Cameroonian was naturalized by France back in July
French and Cameroonian citizen Joel ‘The Process’ Embiid has now been naturalized by the United States.
A native of Cameroon, Embiid said he was sworn in as a citizen two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The reigning NBA scoring champion and Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center said his family — he has a wife, model Anne de Paula, and young son, Arthur – played a pivotal role in his decision.
‘I’ve been here for a long time,’ Embiid told The Associated Press Thursday at training camp at The Citadel. ‘My son is American. I felt like, I’m living here and it’s a blessing to be an American. So I said, why not?’
French and Cameroonian citizen Joel Embiid has now been naturalized by the United States
Embiid, who played college basketball for one season at Kansas, also has citizenship in France. He said it is way too early to think about which country he could potentially represent in international basketball.
The 28-year-old Embiid averaged a career-best 30.6 points in 68 games last season. The 7-footer also averaged 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists in helping Philadelphia reach the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year. Embiid averaged 23.6 points and 10.7 rebounds in the postseason despite playing with hand and facial injuries.
Embiid had been announced as playing out of Kansas during pregame introductions at 76ers’ home games but switched around midseason last year as being introduced from Cameroon. He might try for a mouthful this season.
‘We’re going to say Cameroon, American and French,’ he said, laughing.
Embiid and his wife, model Anne de Paula, had their first child together in 2020.
The boy is named Arthur after Embiid’s younger brother, who died in a car crash in Cameroon in 2014.
Embiid said he was sworn in as a citizen two weeks ago in Philadelphia. The reigning NBA scoring champion and Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center said his family — he has a wife, model Anne de Paula (pictured), and young son, Arthur – played a pivotal role in his decision