Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, reacts to the basket by Danny Green, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo has heaped praise on Joel Embiid for winning the league’s scoring title (30.6 ppoints per game). Embiid is the first Center to win the title since Shaquille O’Neal.

In an interview on the sidelines of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) Nile Conference Games in Cairo, Egypt, the former Atlanta Hawks and Sixers Center expressed his joy about Cameroonian Embiid’s accomplishment.


This is a young man from the continent (Africa) who went to Basketball Without Borders (BWB). Today, the kid is a NBA Scoring Champion from Africa from Cameroon…who would have ever thought the son of the continent from BWB will be maybe the next MVP” he said. (Click highlighted text to watch full interview)

Mutombo (middle) at the 2022 BAL opening ceremony Photo Courtesy: BAL

BWB is a development outreach program by the NBA to develop basketball talents in several countries on multiple continents including Africa and Europe.

Joel Embiid participated in the 2011 BWB Program in Africa and was drafted third overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by Philadelphia Sixers. The 7 foot star is preparing to play Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday, April 16 at 22:00 GMT.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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