Jordan Clarkson out for Asian Games

Rex Christensen
August 12, 2018

Clarkson was already given the thumbs up by the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Olympic Council, but without the NBA's approval, the Philippines will have to go on without him.

Included in the statement by NBA spokesperson Tim Frank, NBA players can participate in global competitions that are part of their agreement with FIBA which was the Olympics, FIBA World Cup, Continental Cup and Qualifying Tournaments.

The NBA released a statement addressing this matter, and it made it abundantly clear that Clarkson was to take no part in his country's upcoming games, due to the fact that the tournament in question is not sanctioned by FIBA.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) had been working to get Clarkson on board and even included the Filipino-American in the final 12-man roster announced by national coach Yeng Guiao Friday night. It's the only window in FIBA's ridiculous new soccer-style qualifying schedule where National Basketball Association players will be allowed to compete.

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In September, the United States of America will be represented by G-League players coached by Jeff Van Gundy for its qualifying games (the Asia and Americas qualifying are separate events).

All parties involved are hoping that nothing stands in the way of Clarkson's much-anticipated debut for the Philippine national men's basketball team.

"In accordance with the NBA's agreement with FIBA, Jordan is welcome to represent the Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions", the statement continued.

Maverick Ahanmisi, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Chris Tiu, Gabe Norwood, and James Yap of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters headline the roster. Gilas are set to fly out tonight for Jakarta, Indonesia.

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