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NBA Draft Pick Joel Embiid I Don't Celebrate the 4th ... I'm Not American!

7/4/2014 10:30 AM PDT

Doesn't matter that he'll be working here for the next couple of years ... and making MILLIONS ... NBA draft pick Joel Embiid says he won't be celebrating the 4th today because he's not American.

Embiid -- who hails from Cameroon -- was limping out of dinner at Boa Steakhouse in Hollywood last night when we asked him about his plans for the holiday ... and the guy gave us a very honest answer.

The good news for 76ers fans -- Embiid was moving around pretty good on his right foot ... despite the fact it's still in a cast.

For the record, we get Embiid's position on the 4th ... but c'mon man -- FIRE UP THE GRILL AND COOK UP SOME BURGERS!!! When in Rome ... Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!
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