Published: Sunday 12 August, 2018

NBA Thumbs Down Jordan Clarkson for Gilas Team in Asian Games 2018

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Despite being approved by Asiad, Jordan Clarkson was not permitted to play by the NBA. (ABS CBN News)

It’s final, Jordan Clarkson WILL NOT play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Games 2018. The NBA disapproved Clarkson’s participation in the 2018 Asiad but added that Pinoy Cleveland Cavalier can play in the future for FIBA qualifying tournaments.

Jordan Clarkson was added to the Gilas Pilipinas / Rain or Shine team that the Philippines will be sending to the Asiad next week. Clarkson’s addition would have beefed up the team. His Gilas jersey had already been ready but, alas, it was not to be.

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“The NBA’s agreement with Fiba stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, Fiba Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions, and associated qualifying tournaments. Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players are unable to participate,” the NBA said in a statement.

“In accordance with the NBA’s agreement with Fiba, Jordan is welcome to represent the Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions,” said NBA spokesman Tim Frank.

Now that Clarkson is no longer available, he will likely be replaced with Don Trollano.

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The Gilas Pilipinas / Rain or Shine team will leave for the Asian Games 2018 on Sunday.