The infamous brawl between the Philippine Gilas and the Australia Boomers in May has put the NBA’s lone Filipino player in the Gilas line up.
The Philippine Olympic committee has said that Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has added the Cleveland Cavaliers guard —- Jordan Clarkson — to its pool of 18 possible players for the upcoming Asia Games in light of the suspensions put on ten Filipino players involved in the incident.
Clarkson has carried a Philippine passport since he was 12 years old.
BA asked Clarkson asked about it last week, when he hosted a charity event for Lace it Up for Charity in Pacific Palisades.
“We’ll see,” was his response.
His father Mike was more optimistic about the possibility.
“I can’t release anything right now but hopefully we’ll have some good news really soon. And we’re hoping everything works out here.”
The Asian Games will take place from August 18th to September 2nd in Indonesia.
NBA training camp opens on September 22nd, giving the 26-year-old a chance to finally suit up for his grandmother’s homeland.
In the meantime, Clarkson has been doing his offseason workouts in Southern California and participating in the league.
He also has his annual back to school backpack give away scheduled for next week in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.