Update (11:35 PM, August 10, 2018):
The INASGOC has already approved Clarkson for participation. Now the Philippine Federation has one last hurdle: a clearance from the NBA.
Jordan Clarkson could still join the Philippine Men’s Basketball Team at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, after all.
A source close to the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC), claims the line-up that includes Clarkson sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is close to being approved by the committee.
“Jordan Clarkson shouldn’t have any problem making the roster on this side,” said the source who requests anonymity. “Unless something drastic happens, he would be allowed in the line-up.”
The Filipino-American guard has also reportedly secured a clearance from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but is still awaiting clearance from the NBA.
The SBP had Clarkson in their preliminary roster before they decided to pull out a couple of weeks ago, only to reach an agreement with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), giving the hastily-assembled Gilas Pilipinas less than two weeks to prepare for a competitive appearance in the quadrennial event.
The team formed around the core of six Rain or Shine players, namely Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, James Yap, Chris Tiu, and Maverick Ahanmisi hopes to add the NBA guard into the line-up, even if it means having close to no practice time together as a squad.
Also in locked for the final line-up are Paul Lee (Magnolia), Christian Standhardinger (San Miguel), Stanley Pringle (Global Port), JP Erram (Blackwater). Still under consideration are Don Trollano (Talk N Text), Asi Taulava (NLEX), and Gilas cadets Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras.
The National Federation has sent the revised line-up for the approval of the INASGOC, and we should find out the final 12-man line-up before the team leaves for Jakarta on the 14th.
The 18th Asian Games basketball games will be held at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia between August 19 and September 1.
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