After Belittling Team USA’s Failure, Celtics Legend Kevin Garnett Drops Three-Word Message for Joel Embiid’s Surprising Decision

Published 10/07/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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Team USA’s abysmal performance in the FIBA World Cup was a major shock to most NBA fans. With a lineup full of NBA stars, many expected America to win the Gold medal. However, over the course of the tournament, the star-studded team faced three shocking defeats. They bowed out of the tournament without a medal, finishing fourth. The team was ripped apart by analysts and fans around the world for their underwhelming finish. Notably, Kevin Garnett expressed his disappointment as well.

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Now, the NBA legend had an interesting message after Joel Embiid‘s decision to represent Team USA for the Paris Olympics.

Kevin Garnett is excited about Joel Embiid’s announcement

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Track star Noah Lyles stirred controversy when he questioned NBA champions calling themselves “World Champions”. Lyles’ comment did not sit well with most basketball fans, players, and former stars. But Team USA’s slip-up during the 2023 FIBA World Cup did not help their argument. However, the failure has led to a “Redeem Team 2.0” type situation.  Shortly after the team’s fourth-place finish in the tournament, reports started to float the possibility of NBA superstars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and so forth committing to Team USA for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Amidst this, the fans were in for another pleasant surprise when the reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid also revealed his decision to don Team USA colors.

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After Shams Charania broke the news on social media, Kevin Garnett couldn’t contain his excitement. He wrote on X, “Oh it’s lit. 🫱🏾‍🫲🏾”

Embiid who was born in Cameroon also has French citizenship. So, it was a surprise for many fans when the Philadelphia 76ers star chose to represent the USA in the Olympics. The 2023 NBA MVP stated his reasons behind his decision via social media.

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One of the most important reasons behind it was Embiid’s son, who was born in the USA and the center wants to honor him.

Kevin Garnett’s prior frustration

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Despite the poor tournament, Team USA still had the chance to win Bronze.

However, the team lost to Canada in the Bronze medal game and returned home empty-handed. After the defeat, Kevin Garnett took to social media to express his frustration. The Boston Celtics legend had seen enough and was not happy with the quality of stars in the team.

Furthermore, he also noted that it makes sense because of the dominance of International stars in the league like Joel Embiid who won the MVP award, and Nikola Jokic who led his team to the championship.

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Interestingly, neither of them played in the World Cup. But it certainly shows the quality possessed by International players. However, KG should be delighted that the MVP has decided to play for the USA. Do you think Team USA is a lock for the Olympic Gold next year?

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports, with a strong passion for the sport that started at the young age of ten. As a former college player, Bagavathi has been following the NBA for more than a decade and has found his calling in writing about the sport. His expertise in covering the NBA, as well as other arenas of the sport, is evident in his writing.
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