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Jordan Clarkson reaffirms desire to play for Gilas despite dad’s disapproval

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    Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson reassured his commitment to the Philippine national men’s basketball team despite pronouncements from his father that he doesn’t recommend his son to play for Gilas Pilipinas due to his son’s duties with the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The younger Clarkson made the statement after his dad, Mike, said publicly that a Gilas Pilipinas stint for the Lakers guard is “not logical.”

    “My father, Mike, has always looked out for my welfare and is only genuinely concerned for my career, my future and my wellbeing – his thoughts are that of a very loving dad,” Clarkson said in a statement passed on to the Philippine media on Thursday.

    “I just called him and we agreed we will talk about my playing for Gilas when I get back. Nothing is cast in stone. But I want to assure my Filipino brothers and sisters that, if given the chance and everything can be worked out, I sincerely wish to play for Gilas and contribute to the total team effort for flag and country.

    “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 learning from the said experience. Laban Pilipinas! Puso!”

    Mike Clarkson told Philippine Star on Thursday that Jordan should just skip representing the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Championship this year due to “bad timing,” with the Gilas Pilipinas schedule in conflict with the Lakers’ preparation for the upcoming NBA season.

    Jordan, whose mother, Annette Davis, hails from Pampanga, arrived in the Philippines last Monday for his endorsement deal with Smart Communications, a sponsor of Gilas Pilipinas.

    But part of his trip’s objective is to submit the necessary requirements by FIBA for him to be eligible for Gilas Pilipinas.

    The All-NBA Rookie Team member is included in the 24-man roster submitted by Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Asia tournament this September where a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics is at stake.
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