Nigeria Basketball Federation have urged Miami Heats star Edrice Femi “Bam” Adebayo to dumped USA for D’Tigers ahead of Olympics next year.
The 2017 NBA 17th draft in the 2019–20 seasons, finished as runner-up as the Most Improved Player in the NBA was recently named in the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
In August 2019, USA Basketball cut Adebayo from its World Cup roster. Adebayo said to The Undefeated that he took it personally and is still stunned by the decision.
Reacting to the clamour by Nigerians for the Nigeria Basketball Federation to woo Bam Adebayo to play for Nigeria, NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida said impossible is nothing.
Kida in a recent statement opined that the D’Tigers meteoric rise in global basketball has recently changed the narratives with many Nigerians now interested in representing their fatherland.
“Before now, players like Josh Okogie and San Antonio Spurs player, Chimezie Metu would have had a second thought about playing for Nigeria, but when the Technical Crew presented the project to them, they were excited and they jumped on it.”
“Having Bam in the National team is a possibility that we are considering as a federation ahead of the 2020 Olympics and beyond.”
“We are excited about how far he has gone and what he can achieve in his career with DTigers if he chooses to play for Nigeria”, he added.
Adebayo was cut from the United States national team for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup but he was subsequently named a finalist for the U.S. Olympic team in February for the 2020 Summer Olympics and it has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic for next year.