NBBF Wants NBA Star To Turn Out For D’Tigers At The Olympics


Miami Heats Center, Femi ‘Bam’ Adebayo sent Nigerian basketball fans into a frenzy when he shared with The Undefeated his thoughts towards turning out for the Nigeria men’s national basketball team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Bam Adebayo
Miami Heats Center, Bam Adebayo speaking to The Undefeated

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.

Bam Adebayo
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – MARCH 06: Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during a game at the Smoothie King Center on March 06, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Getty Images. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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.”

Musa Kida
NBBF President, Musa Kida.

“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”, Kida said.

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