MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson will finally suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games.
In another surprise turn of events, Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez said the NBA backtracked on its decision that prevented Cleveland Cavaliers guard from playing in the Asiad.
Gomez confirmed with several media outfits that the NBA reconsidered on Tuesday, August 14, following appeals from Philippine sports officials.
“(We sent an appeal) several times,” Gomez told Rappler.
On Wednesday, August 15, the NBA said it has given Clarkson a “one-time exception” to play in the continental meet. (LOOK: NBA grants Jordan Clarkson ‘one-time exception’)
Local sports officials had sought clarificiation from the NBA – which cited an agreement with FIBA that prevents Clarkson from competing in the Asiad – after China released its own lineup that includes Houston Rocket’s Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks’ Ding Yanyuhang.
Clarkson will arrive in Jakarta on Thursday, August 16 and serve as the country’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremonies on Saturday, August 18. – Rappler.com