More than a decade ago, Luc Mbah a Moute created a path, which Joel Embiid took and Pascal Siakam followed. This is the untold story of the rise of Cameroonian ball.
by Jackie MacMullan
On a sticky July afternoon in Cameroon, beads of perspiration dot a young boy’s brow as he paces outside the Yaoundé Sports Palace, plotting his entry. The expansive, asymmetric dome with a sharply pointed roof was a diplomatic gift from the People’s Republic of China, plunked into the city of Yaoundé like a spaceship from another galaxy. The 10-year-old, named Arthur, yells to the guard out front but is told that family and friends are not allowed inside. « But I want to see my brother! » the boy says, his infectious grin creasing his round, sun-kissed face. « You can just let me in, OK? »
— Luc Mbah a Moute (@mbahamoute) 9 mai 2017
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) 8 mai 2017
Thankful for @espn shedding light on the Cameroonian basketball players! —– Exerpt: ‘ Mbah a Moute’s coaching clinics have sparked a new generation of young basketball disciples eager to teach the game. There’s a clear path now, created by Mbah a Moute, taken by Embiid and followed by Siakam. It can no longer be argued that « nobody plays basketball in Cameroon. » ‘ You can find the link to this great article in my bio! Special thanks as well to Jackie MacMullen at ESPN for interviewing me!