PBA: Clarkson to ROS for Asiad not as easy as it sounds

Paul Lintag on Jul 26, 2018 05:06 PM
PBA: Clarkson to ROS for Asiad not as easy as it sounds
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has Clarkson's name included in the pool for the Asian Games, where the Philippines is going to be represented by Rain or Shine. However, whether or not Clarkson can actually play still depends on a lot of things.

Jordan Clarkson to Rain or Shine for the 2018 Asian Games?

It's a tricky situation.

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has Clarkson's name included in the pool for the Asian Games, where the Philippines is going to be represented by Rain or Shine.

However, whether or not Clarkson can actually play still depends on a lot of things.

"We plan to submit his name, it's up to OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) whether he's eligible to play in the Asian Games," said SBP President Al Panlilio on Thursday.

"Concurrently, we're negotiating with him on the possibility of playing in the Asian Games, and also concurrently, he needs to seek permission from the Cavaliers and the NBA. Lahat yan sabay-sabay nangyayari, from an SBP point of view, I'm hoping everything falls into place kasi maraming mga conditions that have to happen to make Clarkson available. The first thing is whether he'll be allowed to play in the Asian Games," He added.

For now, the SBP can only put it Clarkson's name in its pool first and wait for the OCA's decision if he can actually play.

The SBP however, is confident that Clarkson is more than happy to serve the country if given the chance.

"He wants to play," Panlilio said of Clarkson.

"He wants to play for Gilas. It's always been his dream to play for Gilas, eligibility lang ang issue," he added.

By FIBA rules, Clarkson should be eligibile after being a Philippine passport holder since he was 12 years old.

The only problem is that the Asian Games don't necessarily follow FIBA eligibility rules. The Asian Games requires players to have resided in the country it represents for at least three years.

 


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