Gilas' biggest fan is "Pusong Pinoy"

TJ Manotoc on Aug 29, 2018 02:59 PM
Gilas' biggest fan is
Mike Clarkson poses with 2018 Asian Games gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz (photo courtesy of Mike Clarkson).

He may not be the parent that gave his son the Filipino blood running in his veins, but Mike Clarkson surely fits the bill when it comes to “proud dad” of a Gilas Pilipinas player at the 2018 Asian Games.

After three years since their first attempt to get Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas, the Clarkson family finally got their wish this year and Coach Mike, as he is fondly called, was the most ecstatic. An active poster on social media, Jordan’s dad quickly took to Instagram the moment his son was finally given all the green lights necessary to finally don the Pilipinas jersey. Thanking everyone from the NBA to the Cavs and the SBP for making it happen.

But the journey apparently was just beginning for Coach Mike, who doesn’t travel much these days to catch Jordan’s NBA games, yet he made the 16,000 km trek to Indonesia to see a historic moment for his son, his family, and for Philippine sports.

Coach Mike’s next two IG posts was expressing his family’s honor to see Jordan as the flag bearer in the opening ceremonies of the Asiad.

“He may not be the NBA’s biggest star, but he certainly loves and feels the support an entire COUNTRY!” Coach Mike posted with a photo of Jordan wearing a barong (with joggers and sneakers) waving the big Philippine flag.



In his next two IG posts Coach Mike revved up the excitement for Jordan’s debut as he said it was finally the “realization of a dream” and “a proud day for the Philippines” as “a proud son comes home to represent”


Though the Clarksons and Gilas did not get the result they wanted against powerhouse China, Coach Mike was still proud of his son’s performance considering it was his first game after only a few days of practice with Gilas. Posting an image of Jordan with his game stats of 28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals Coach Mike called it an “amazing debut”!


But it wasn’t all about basketball and Jordan for Coach Mike in Indonesia as he shared his moments meeting the locals and even the other proud Pinoy athletes like gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz.



He even posted a touching video meeting a young Gilas fan who was disappointed for not getting to meet Jordan but she got the next best thing, a hug from Coach Mike and an autographed photo.




“When your son is a “national icon” and you share a moment of a lifetime with an adorable fan.” It’s an amazing feeling! Your acts transcend the 🌎! Race & ethnicity makes us different but our actions define us! Here’s the story: A huge JC fan who was extremely disappointed after bunkering down to meet him outside the practice facility in Indonesia. Unfortunately, he was whisked away to the athletes’ village. I saw how upset she was and called her over and presented her with an autographed action-photo of Jordan! She became extremely emotional! #asiangames2018 asiangames2018 #philippines #🇵🇭 #proudpinoy #gilaspilipinas #filipino #jakarta #nike #icon #ilovethisgame #nba #cavsnation #lakernation #bekind #espn #nba #nbpa

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Before leaving Jakarta, Coach Mike posted photos of the views from his hotel as he thanked Indonesia for the wonderful time he and his family had and the honor that was given to Jordan to finally represent the Philippines in international basketball.


Gilas can still finish as high as fifth place as they are set to battle Syria in their last classification game. But if Coach Mike has his way, this will not be the last time fans will see Jordan wear the Pilipinas jersey and it will not be the last time to see the “Pusong Pinoy” proud dad cheering his son on from the sidelines.

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