It looks like a no-go for Jordan Clarkson playing for Gilas Pilipinas in next week’s World Cup.
During their departure ceremony, Gilas Pilipinas Coach Yeng Guiao explained that it’s too late to include the Filipino American NBA star as FIBA has not changed its mind on Clarkson’s eligibility, and as Gilas uses its lone spot for naturalization on Andray Blatche.
In a text message to abs-cbn news, Jordan’s father Mike Clarkson said that he has the utmost respect for Coach Guiao and is confident the coach knows what’s best going forward.
Mike added that Jordan isn’t a selfish player and wouldn’t want to be a disruption to the Philippine team.
He said Gilas Pilipinas is a very talented group that the entire Clarkson family would be there in spirit rooting for them to win.
For the past few months, Clarkson who had just wrapped up a series of charity events said he would have been prepared if called upon, even as the team had declared Blatche as its naturalized player, while Clarkson’s FIBA eligibility was still being examined.
“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, other than that everything been going great, I’ve just been patient and staying ready.”
And while Clarkson may not be joining the Philippine team for this year’s World Cup, he has stayed busy at the Mamba Sports Academy in California, founded by his former LA Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.
As he enters his 6th season, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard has also made a big career change…signing on with agent Klutch Sports…whose signees include another former Clarkson teammate, Lebron James.n
“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, its a contract year and one of the biggest moments of his career to be honest with you.”
Clarkson will have another 5 weeks of offseason workouts. Training camp begins in late September.