Only a day after the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they have re-signed him, Joel Embiid already bared his plans on how he is going to spend a portion of his money. However, purchasing a new house or luxury cars will take a backseat for now, as he made it known that he wants to help the people in his home country.
The 7-foot center shared, via Keith Pompey of Philly.com, that he wants to improve the lives of many in Cameroon. He cited the issue of poverty many of his countrymen are facing as something he wants to address, and will donate to the charity his parents are running.
“Over there, there’s a lot of poverty,” Embiid said Tuesday. “A lot of people don’t have a lot of stuff.”
“I feel like I need to do a lot of stuff over there.”
So the 23-year-old is elated that he’ll have money to go toward his foundation, run by his parents back home, that helps people in need.
Despite only playing in 31 games last season and not being able to suit up in his first two years in the NBA, the Sixers still decided to give him the max extension as he was very impressive whenever he’s on the court. His strong play has given the Philly faithful a lot of reason to be optimistic about their future.
Embiid’s plans goes to show that he has a very big heart and thinks of the welfare of many in his home country. A lot may have already been said about him deserving the lucrative contract he has secured, but his intentions definitely say a lot of about him as a person as he would like to use basketball as a means to promote positive change.