MANILA, Philippines – Samahan Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios admitted that they didn’t expect Jordan Clarkson’s father to speak out against the player’s possible inclusion to the Philippine national team.
Initially, the SBP knew it would have to go through FIBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA to secure the Filipino American’s services for Gilas. However, they didn’t expect to get opposition from Clarkson’s own father.
“That’s a surprise,” Barrios told sports website Spin.
But Barrios admitted that they have never spoken with Clarkson’s dad regarding his son’s inclusion to the national team.
Mike Clarkson, in an e-mail to philstar.com, said Thursday that his son’s participation in Gilas for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship “isn’t a logical or sound business decision as he enters into this important NBA contract year.”
“As you know in professional sports, timing is of the essence especially when managing a player’s career. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be worse, as he prepares for the rigors of the upcoming 2015-2016 NBA season and heightened performance expectations,” the elder Clarkson said.
The younger Clarkson, however, said in a statement released by SBP that his father was “genuinely concerned for my career, my future, and my well-being.”
“His thoughts are that of a very loving dad,” he said. “I just called him, and we agreed we will talk about my playing for Gilas when I get back.”
He added that “nothing is cast in stone” and assured his Filipino fans that he “sincerely wish to play for Gilas.”
The younger Clarkson is currently in Manila, and participated in the practice of the Gilas Pilipinas national team on Wednesday night.
“This is the reason why I am observing and familiarizing myself with the team while here, and will even follow them in Taipei for the Jones Cup, so I can see them compete close up and benefit from the learnings of said experience,” Clarkson also said.