- Jordan Clarkson was granted permission by NBA to play for the Philippines
- This is after the delegation officials still pursued to petition Jordan even disapproval was earlier made
- The Cavaliers’ guard expressed his excitement through a Facebook post
Fil-American Jordan Clarkson finally got the clearance from National Basketball Association (NBA) to play for the Philippines in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.
This is after the Philippine delegation made a last push following the Monday announcement that NBA turned down the country’s hope of including the Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard in its roster.
KAMI learned through an interview with Philippine delegation Head Richard Gomez that they still pursued the petition to allow Jordan since two NBA players were also granted permission to play for China.
The Philippine officials in Indonesia also sought for permission from the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) to re-include Jordan in the 12-man lineup.
It can be remembered that the Cavaliers’ guard initially had a spot in the 12-man roster but he was removed following the previously-reported disapproval of NBA.
As confirmed by Assistant Chef de Mission Robert Bachmann, the Olympic Council of Asia and Asiad organizers allowed the re-entry of Jordan in Gilas, marking his much-awaited debut for the Philippine team.
Richard said to DZMM on Tuesday that they are just working on the flight ticket of Jordan so that he can play with the team on its first game against Kazakhstan scheduled Thursday.
Here is the video of the interview:
Meanwhile, Jordan could not hide his excitement to play for the national team.
In a Facebook post, he thanked the people who helped in the realization of his dreams to banner the name of the country through Basketball.
"PUSO! My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen. See you all very soon!" he said.
In a previous article by KAMI, Jordan expressed his disappointment after he was not allowed initially to play for the country.
Jordan was born on June 7, 1992 by an African-American father and a half-Filipino mother. As early as 2011, the talks on Jordan playing for the Philippines were already initiated.
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