Clarkson situation a bit complicated for Gilas says Chot

Paul Lintag on Nov 18, 2017 05:24 PM
Clarkson situation a bit complicated for Gilas says Chot
Aside from the fact that Clarkson supposedly has not met the requirements set by FIBA, one major entity "blocks" the explosive Fil-Am combo guard from suiting up for his home country. Actually, two major entities in the Los Angeles Lakers and the National Basketball Association.

Jordan Clarkson wants to play for Gilas Pilipinas and Gilas Pilipinas wants Jordan Clarkson in its lineup.

So what gives?

Well, this subject remains rather complicated. Far more complicated than most people realize.

Aside from the fact that Clarkson supposedly has not met the requirements set by FIBA, one major entity "blocks" the explosive Fil-Am combo guard from suiting up for his home country.

Actually, two major entities in the Los Angeles Lakers and the National Basketball Association.

"I'm getting a lot of questions as well on Jordan Clarkson, Jordan is just there," Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said as he started to explain the whole Clarkson dilemma.

"I just want everyone to understand it's not that simple with him wanting to play and us wanting him to be here. There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA," he added.

With the new FIBA calendar, most teams with legitimate NBA talent are finding it hard to secure their players from their mother teams.

Reyes mentioned Team USA regarding this matter as the Americans, the reigning Olympic and World Champions, will start their road to the 2019 World Cup in China with a collection of G-League players.

"If you notice, Team USA released its lineup last week, there's no NBA player, not one. Team USA nga walang NBA player, paano pa tayo di ba. It's not that simple," coach Chot said.

"Hindi basta sabihin ni Clarkson na gusto niya at sabihin natin na okay punta ka dito, eh makakapunta siya. Syempre he has to get clearance," Reyes added, talking about Clarkson.

 


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