VICE Sports has published a new documentary about Joel Embiid and Luc Mbah a Moute. It’s narrated by A$AP Twelvyy and delves deep into Cameroon’s basketball culture.
“Before this year people were looking at the Sixers as like losers,” says Embiid in the documentary. “One thing I told myself was that we really need to change the culture and be a leader — and it started with me.”
Embiid hails from Yaoundé, Cameroon, and by the age of 16 he had the opportunity to play professional volleyball in France. Then, basketball came into his life, and while his father wouldn’t let him play initially, Embiid followed his volleyball practices with intense hoop sessions. One day, his coach gave him a tape of Hakeem Olajuwon, and Embiid watched it every day to learn Hakeem’s moves. He soon became a Kobe fan, and his dreams grew — he needed to play in the NBA.
That’s when Embiid got to the pivotal camp that now serves as a pipeline to the NBA for Cameroonian hoopers. “When I got into the NBA I really felt like I owed it to my country my community my continent to do something,” says Luc Mbah a Moute, Clippers power forward, in the documentary. “What’s the point of making it to the NBA just for me? I made it to the NBA so all these guys could make it, I made it to the NBA so all these coaches could get better, so basketball from Cameroon can get better. I feel like I carry the torch.”
Check out the moving documentary below and share your thoughts in the comments.