Storyline: Jordan Clarkson with Philippines?

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If you’re wondering where Jordan Clarkson got his athleticism and love of sports, look no further than his father, 56-year-old Mike. Mike Clarkson, who flew into town Saturday morning in time to watch his son be flag-bearer of the Philippine contingent in the opening ceremonies of the 18th Asian Games, has been involved in sports for over 30 years either as an athlete or a coach.

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His brush with the Olympics makes him appreciate son Jordan’s achievement of not only representing the Philippines in an international competition of this magnitude, but being the country’s flag bearer as well. “I’m very proud,” he said. “To see him to be able to come in to compete at this level, I don’t have anything but a big smile on my face. Just to be on the team, just to be part of the contingent and to be able to compete in the Asian Games. And then you talk about being bestowed the honor of being the flag-bearer. I mean, Usain Bolt was the flag-bearer for Jamaica in the Olympics.”

The proud dad shared that Jordan, who was named after – who else – the NBA legend (“because I admired Michael’s work ethic”), actually picked up basketball at the rather late age of 14. As a youngster growing up in San Antonio, he was more drawn to track and field. Mike says his son excelled in the sprint events, which explains his speed on NBA courts. “Jordan is extremely fast. 400 meters was his specialty in the track club that he was with. For three years straight, he swept the sprints: 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters.”

Clarkson, one of three NBA players given an exemption by the league to play in Jakarta, said he had a frustrating time while his status for the tournament was being considered. The NBA also granted exemptions to Houston Rockets 7-foot-1 (2.17-meter) center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to play for China. “We went back and forth so many times, saying I was going to play, then I wasn’t going to play,” the 6-5 (1.96-meter) Clarkson told Philippines’ reporters after Thursday’s game. “Now, being able to participate is awesome.”

Filipino-American Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson expressed his disappointment a day after the NBA thumbed down his request to join Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games. Clarkson released a statement on his Facebook with a photo of his Gilas jersey on Monday, August 13. “I am terribly disappointed to say that I have not received the required consent to participate in the upcoming Asian Games with our National Team,” wrote Clarkson. “Although I will not be there in person, I will be with my Gilas teammates in heart and spirit.

Jordan Clarkson won't play in Asian Games

Philippines national coach Yeng Guiao and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) took a risk by including Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson on the team’s 12-man Asian Games roster, but it appears that risk did not pay off as an NBA source tells ESPN that Clarkson will not play in the upcoming tournament. Clarkson, a Filipino-American, will however be cleared to play for the country in the FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament, in which the Philippines has two games scheduled in September before the NBA season begins in October, according to the NBA source.

JORDAN Clarkson is just taking a wait-and-see attitude, but he’s more than willing to play for Gilas Pilipinas and represent the Philippines in international competitions. The father of the Los Angeles Lakers guard reiterated the desire of his son to suit up for the national team once the world governing body Fiba gives him the clearance to play as a full-pledged Filipino. “We don’t necessarily know where Fiba is in its decision-making process. But given the green light to play, Jordan will be there to play. And we look forward to that,” the elder Clarkson related to SPIN.ph during a meet-and-greet event featuring the Lakers star player recently held in Los Angeles.

Philippine men’s national basketball team head coach Tab Baldwin on Saturday took a swipe at Fiba for not giving Jordan Clarkson the clearance he needed to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Olympic qualifying tournament in July. Clarkson has been very vocal in expressing his willingness to suit up for the national team and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has pushed for the Los Angeles Lakers guard’s inclusion in the Gilas lineup since the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship.

However, eligibility issues posed by Fiba have prevented the Fil-American Clarkson, whose mother Anette hails from Pampanga, from wearing the country’s colors in the international stage. “It’s always great to have Jordan around. He’s a very engaging guy. I just think he’s a great young kid. I think it’s a real shame that he isn’t playing for the Philippines,” Baldwin told reporters during the unveiling of Gilas’ newest uniforms Saturday at Kerry Sports at Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas put up a last ditch effort to make Clarkson eligible for the Olympic qualifier but did not beat the deadline on Tuesday. “I’m very disappointed I won’t be able to play with the Gilas National Team during the FIBA Asia Championships from September 23 to October 3. We can all agree, the 12 men selected to represent the Philippines in this 2015 FIBA Asia Championship have earned the right and any continued efforts on my part would not be fair to the team. I will cheer them onto Gold. “Let’s go to Rio,” Clarkson said in a statement on Wednesday.

Jordan Clarkson won't play FIBA Asia championship

The vision of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is to form a national team that will be able to qualify for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. That goal is fueled by the incomparable and inspiring love for basketball Filipinos have. We have always wanted to give our team the best possible chance, thereby instilling national pride in the hearts of our basketball crazy fans. We did all that we could to have Jordan Clarkson join Gilas for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship but we are saddened to report that we are not able to beat the deadline to secure the necessary clearances on time.

Jordan Clarkson to play FIBA Asia championship?

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas remained hopeful Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson will be able to join Gilas Pilipinas in its campaign in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship slated Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Changsha, China. “It’s still a work in progress but with better clarity,” said SBP vice chairman Ricky Vargas after a meeting with Los Angeles Lakers team president Jeanie Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak in LA.

With his second NBA season fast approaching, Jordan Clarkson has been mulling over an opportunity to play for the Philippines National Team – Clarkson’s mother is half-Filipino – in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship that begins later in September. However, the tournament extends into the start of Lakers’ training camp, which all NBA players under contract are required to attend. Lakers spokesman John Black told us that the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement gives players the right participate in international play if there is no injury issue. In theory, Clarkson could join the Philippines squad and play in its early-round games (Sept. 23 vs. Palestine, Sept. 24 vs. Hong Kong and Sept. 25 vs. Kuwait), but the Lakers fly to Hawaii to commence training camp just three days later. As such, Clarkson would not be able to participate in FIBA Asia’s knockout round, which begins Oct. 1.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Executive Director Sonny Barrios said that apart from FIBA, they have yet to receive clearance from the Los Angeles Lakers and the National Basketball Association (NBA) for Jordan Clarkson to represent the Philippines. In an interview on CNN Philippines’ Sports Desk on Tuesday, Barrios said the SBP has submitted Clarkson’s passport to FIBA and has received a list of other supporting documents to secure formal approval. “Frankly, the ball is on our court,” said Barrios. “Once we complete what they require, we should expect them to reply maybe within 48 hours after they receive the documents.”

Former NBA player and naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche looks forward to possibly teaming up with Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson who is currently taking steps for him to be eligible for Gilas Pilipinas. “Hopefully, he can join,” Blatche said in an interview with News5′s Fraulein Olavario. Although Blatche, who previously played for the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets, managed his expectations and said that Clarkson getting clearance from the Lakers might still be a long way to go. “But I know it’s gonna be difficult with the NBA season coming up and training camp, but we hope for the best,” added Blatche.
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