Asian Games: 'Disappointed' Clarkson vows to support PH in heart and spirit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson expressed disappointment after the National Basketball Association did not give him permission to represent the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games.

"To my Filipino Brothers and Sisters, I am terribly disappointed to say that I have not received the required consent to participate in the upcoming Asian Games with our National Team," Clarkson posted on his Facebook account.

Clarkson, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was included in Yeng Guiao's 12-man lineup for the quadrennial meet.

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"Although I will not be there in person, I will be with my Gilas teammates in heart and spirit," he said.

Clarkson remains hopeful that he can one day represent the Philippines in future competitions.

"Despite this, my desire and ambition to play with my countrymen in the future remains resolute and I am adamant that this dream will come true! PUSO!" he said.

In a statement released on Sunday, NBA spokesperson Tim Frank explained why Clarkson cannot suit up for the Philippines in the regional meet.

"The NBA's agreement with FIBA stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the 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 statement read.

'Capable and able'

Philippine chef de mission to the Asian Games Richard Gomez echoed the sentiments of Clarkson and the Filipino basketball community.

"It is painful for a basketball-loving country to see Jordan not playing. He is capable and able kasi he has a Filipino visa that has been cleared by the Indonesian organizing committee, even in the Olympic Council of Asia," Gomez said.

 

"All we were waiting for was the clearance from the NBA... but the sad news came out. It's really heartbreaking," he added.

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The Philippine team will appeal to Asiad organizers the inclusion of TNT KaTropa guard Don Trollano to the Asiad lineup.

In the last edition of the Asian Games, the national squad finished with a 3-4 record to salvage the seventh spot. The Philippines has captured the gold medal in men's basketball in 1951, 1954, 1958 and 1962.

This year, the Filipinos will play in Group D with Kazakhstan and China.