Despite no go for FIBA World Cup, expect Jordan Clarkson to root for Gilas

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America bureau

Posted at Aug 23 2019 05:00 AM

Jordan Clarkson will have to sit out the 2019 FIBA World Cup as rules and his citizenship status prohibit him from playing full time for Gilas Pilipinas. POC/PSC media pool/file

It looks like a no go for Jordan Clarkson playing for the Philippines men's national basketball team in next week's FIBA World Cup.

During Gilas Pilipinas' departure ceremony, head coach Yeng Guiao said it’s too late to include Clarkson, as FIBA has not changed its mind on his eligibility. 

In a text message to ABS-CBN News, Mike Clarkson, Jordan’s father, said that he has the utmost respect for Guiao and is confident the coach knows what’s best going forward.

“As you’re aware, Jordan’s worked extremely hard to stay prepared for the ‘call to duty,’ ” Mark Clarkson said.

“However, he isn’t a selfish player and wouldn’t want to be a disruption to the team. Team chemistry is paramount when competing against the best players in the world.

“Unfortunately, without adequate practice time, their rhythm can be adversely affected. The Gilas are a very talented group and play well together. I’m looking forward to watching them go to work! The entire Clarkson family will be there in spirit rooting for them to come out victorious.”

For the past few months, Jordan Clarkson, who just wrapped up a series of charity events, said he would have been prepared if called up, even as the team had declared Blatche as its naturalized player while Clarkson’s FIBA eligibility remains up in the air.

“I’m just staying ready, just working if I get the opportunity, it’ll happen. But if not, its just . . . it is what it is and we’ll have to suit up another time,” Clarkson said.

“Other than that everything been going great, I’ve just been patient and staying ready.”

And while Clarkson may not be joining the Philippines for this World Cup, he has stayed busy at the Mamba Sports Academy, founded by his former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

As he enters his sixth season, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has also made a big career change after signing with Klutch Sports agency.

“Klutch sports is one of the top agencies out there right now so it’s not that Jordan’s previous representation couldn’t do a good job, it’s a contract year and one of the biggest moments of his career, to be honest with you,” Mike Clarkson said.

Jordan Clarkson will have another 5 weeks of offseason workouts. Training camp begins on late September.

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