MANILA – Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson was not allowed to play in the 2018 Asian Games by the NBA, even after he was granted eligibility by the organizers.
"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," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in a statement.
"Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players are unable to participate. In accordance with the NBA's agreement with FIBA, Jordan is welcome to represent the Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions," he added.
Clarkson was already included in Coach Yeng Guiao's 12-man line-up for the Asian Games, in the hopes that he would be given the green light by the NBA.
The Fil-Am guard was deemed eligible by the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia for the quadrennial meet.
Without clearance from the NBA, however, Clarkson's debut for the Philippines will have to wait once more.
The national team, composed of the core of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, will leave for Indonesia on Sunday. They play their first game on August 16 against Kazakhstan.
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