Jordan Clarkson not allowed to represent PH in Asiad, says NBA

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 12, 2018 04:17 PM
Clarkson not allowed to represent PH in Asiad, says NBA
Jordan Clarkson's Gilas Pilipinas debut hits a snag. (File Photo)

Jordan Clarkson has the green light to play for the Philippines in FIBA—sanctioned games, which unfortunately does not include the Asian Games, said NBA spokesperson Tim Frank in a statement released Sunday morning.

The FIlipino-American combo guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers was reserved a spot for the Philippines' final 12 for the continental meet in Indonesia, but was not given the final clearance by his mother league. 

Here's the full statement: 

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.

Even without its NBA-talent, however, the Yeng Guiao-led Gilas will try to surpass its seventh-place finish back in the 2014 Incheon Asiad.

The current squad is made up of Rain or Shine's core of Chris Tiu, Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, James Yap, and Gabe Norwood.

Completing the team are JP Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Asi Taulava, and re-taking Jordan Clarkson's place is Don Trollano

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