Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson arrives in Manila as news of his possible eligibility for Gilas Pilipinas is the talk of the town
MANILA, Philippines – Jordan Clarkson’s ears must’ve been ringing, because he’s been the talk of the town for the last 48 hours.
The second year Los Angeles Lakers guard landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Monday night, August 24 amid news that Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas had submitted his papers to FIBA to get him qualified to play international ball for the Philippines.
Clarkson, 23, has been a Philippine passport holder since 2004, SBP director Sonny Barrios told Rappler on Monday.
Clarkson averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.2 rebounds a game during the 2014-15 NBA season.
It’s public knowledge that Clarkson, born in Tampa, Fla. and raised in San Antonio, Tex., was born to a Filipina mother from Angeles City, Philippines. What comes as news to all is that Clarkson has allegedly held a Philippine passport since before he was 16, the cut-off age FIBA has placed on “natural born” players.
Blatche is also expected to fly with the team to Taiwan for the William Jones Cup that begins on August 29. – Rappler.com