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LA Lakers set condition for Clarkson's Gilas stint

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Jeanh, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Fil-American NBA star Jordan Clarkson has been given the go-signal by the Los Angeles Lakers to play for the Philippine national team, but with a condition.

    The Lakers management said Clarkson can play for Gilas as long as it will not interfere with his commitment to his mother team.

    "Our players must be in Los Angeles on September 28. Ao as long as he would be back by then, we would have no objection to Jordan playing in the event up until that date," said John Black, Lakers public relations vice president, in a statement.

    The Lakers will begin training camp on September 28 -- right smack in the middle of the FIBA Asia championship in China where Gilas wants Clarkson to suit up.

    Another issue for Gilas is the pending approval from FIBA.

    The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has already sent documents to prove that Clarkson is eligible to play for the national team.

    Clarkson has already made it clear that he is “all in” for the Gilas Pilipinas program and said that he wanted to become part of the team for the next 10 years.

    To back up Clarkson’s plan SBP vice-chairman Ricky Vargas and former PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio will be meeting the Lakers management and Clarkson’s parents in the US on Friday.

    Clarkson's father, Mike, initially expressed his objection for his son to join the national team, citing that it is not “logical” for his son to play for Gilas on a contract year.

    Gregorio told sports website Please or Register to view links that they are seeking a meeting with the elder Clarkson to personally explain the country’s position.

    "Para kaming magbibigay pugay, not only to Clarkson's father but also to the Lakers," Gregorio said. -- With a report from ANC The Bureau
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