Jordan Clarkson is yet to be in the clear to join the Philippine National Basketball Team when they begin their campaign at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Consistent to what was reported two days ago, both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indonesian Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC) had no issues approving Clarkson’s participation in the games, but new developments suggest the Filipino-American guard is still not able to secure one final requirement: a clearance from the NBA.
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) had pulled all the stops to be able to add the Filipino-American guard to the line-up ever since they drafted their preliminary roster before they decided to pull out of the event a couple of weeks ago, only to reach an agreement with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to rejoin the men’s basketball event in the quadrennial meet.
Reports suggest, however, that the 2014 NBA Draftee will be able to play in the third window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in July when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran and Qatar.
Just last night, head coach Joseller ‘Yeng’ Guiao announced his final twelve for the Asiad, namely Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, James Yap, Chris Tiu, and Maverick Ahanmisi from Rain or Shine, Paul Lee (Magnolia), Christian Standhardinger (San Miguel), Stanley Pringle (Global Port), John Paul Erram (Blackwater), Asi Taulava (NLEX), and Clarkson.
Adding Clarkson was a risk they were willing to take in spite of his uncertain status. The head tactician also hopes to be able to slot Don Trollano (Talk N Text) back into the roster in case the roadblock is proven to be unsurmountable before the team leaves for Jakarta on the 14th.
Gilas Pilipinas opens their 18th Asian Games against Kazakhstan at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta on August 16 at 10 AM (Indonesia time +7 GMT).
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