Clarkson only had "30 percent" chance to make Asian Games team

Paul Lintag on Jul 27, 2018 03:16 PM
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Regardless of whether or not Clarkson was going to be eligible for the Asian Games, Philippine officials decided to follow through with it even before the untimely decision to pull out from the Asian Games.

Jordan Clarkson playing for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games was highly unlikely after all.

In fact, there was only a 30 percent chance of it happening.

Talking to the media Friday via phone patch to address the SBP's decision to withdraw from the Asiad, POC and PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas revealed that the chances of Clarkson suiting up for Gilas/Rain or Shine in Indonesia was a long shot.

However, in an effort to put up a competitive team following the FIBA suspension of 10 Gilas regulars, the Philippines gave Clarkson a shot.

It was never meant to work out but that doesn't matter anyway since the country will not send a team altogether.

"It was in the process of discussion pero naunahan na nung desisyon ng SBP," Vargas said on Clarkson, who now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.

"30 percent chance. There was a chance, but we were willing to take that chance," he added.

The Asian Games does not follow FIBA rules when it come to eligibility so while Clarkson has actual Filipino blood and is a Philippine passport holder, him joining the Philippines in the Asiad was a challenge.

Per Asian Games rules, players must serve at least three years of residency for the country they are set to represent.

However, the Philippines was ready to contest that for Clarkson, hoping they would get a consideration.

"Nanay niya Pilipina eh, tapos may passport siya. While he was not able to come to the country for 2-3 years, he was visited the country several times," Vargas said.

"His work does not allow him to stay here for 2-3 consecutive years. There was an argument that we could put together. And if you look at Jordan, he's proud about his roots," he added.

Regardless of whether or not Clarkson was going to be eligible for the Asian Games, Philippine officials decided to follow through with it even before the untimely decision to pull out from the Asian Games.

"It was a long shot but we wanted to still go through it. Technically hindi talaga pwede but you have to look at the context of what we're trying to do," Vargas added.

 

 

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