Three steps needed for Clarkson to join Gilas in Asian Games

Paul Lintag on Aug 10, 2018 10:51 AM
Three steps needed for Clarkson to join Gilas in Asian Games
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio, via ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo, has once again confirmed that the country is working on bringing Clarkson on board.

Apparently, there are three steps needed for Jordan Clarkson to be allowed to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games.

Two of them could be cleared by Friday, two days before the national team heads to Indonesia.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio, via ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo, has once again confirmed that the country is working on bringing Clarkson on board.

But similar to the other efforts in the past, Clarkson to Gilas is a lot more complicated than it sounds.

"The stars have to align for that to happen," Panlilio said via phone interview regarding Clarkson playing for Gilas.

The three conditions for Clarkson's inclusion to Gilas are first, the Asian Games committee needs to make the Fil-Am combo guard eligible for the Asiad. That goes for all of our players as well.

Second, the SBP has to have an agreement with Clarkson himself and third, the NBA needs to grant him clearance.

The Philippines will know around 3 p.m. Friday whether its players, including Clarkson, will be eligible to play in Indonesia. The SBP has no agreements with Clarkson as of right now but that should be easy enough if he's eligible considering Jordan has expressed his desire to play for the national team before.

Finally, Clarkson has clearance from the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the final say ultimately comes from the NBA and that should be via Commissioner Adam Silver.

"That's what we mean by hopefully the stars align," Panlilio said.

"All those things are quite important," he added.

If and when all those three conditions are met, the SBP will have to figure out Clarkson's schedule to join the national team.

Gilas Pilipinas will make its Asian Games debut on August 16. The team is set to fly to Indonesia on August 12.

If the "stars align," it will be decided if Clarkson will just meet Gilas in Indonesia or if he has to stop over Manila first.

But all of that depends on Jordan's eligibility for the Asian Games. He's been accredited already, as with the rest of the national team.

"I hope both the Asian Games and the NBA gives him clearance," Panlilio said via Castillejo.

"It's quite tight in terms of timing," he added.

 


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