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Chot lauds Clarkson work ethic for never missing practice despite contract provision

Delfin Dioquino
Chot lauds Clarkson work ethic for never missing practice despite contract provision

ONE OF US. Jordan Clarkson also impresses for Gilas Pilipinas behind the scenes.

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Chot Reyes pays tribute to the professionalism of Jordan Clarkson, saying the Jazz star never missed Gilas Pilipinas' practice even if it meant breaking a contract provision

MANILA, Philippines – Much has been said about how big of an addition NBA star Jordan Clarkson is to Gilas Pilipinas due to his talent and caliber.

But for national team head coach Chot Reyes, Clarkson is just as impressive when the cameras are off.

Reyes paid tribute to the professionalism of Clarkson, saying the Utah Jazz standout never missed practice even if it meant breaking a contract provision.

“You see his game on the floor, but what really sets him apart is his work ethic outside, behind the scenes,” Reyes said.

“He never missed a practice, film session, never late. In fact, he has a provision in his contract where he cannot do two practices a day but he still went on and practiced when we had two practices.”

Clarkson led the Philippines to a 1-1 record in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers – an 85-81 loss to Lebanon and an 84-46 blowout of Saudi Arabia.

Living up to his billing as a former NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Clarkson averaged 25 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in those two games.

It’s also worth noting that Clarkson looked right at home despite being with the national squad for just less than two weeks as his teammates praised him for being humble and unselfish.

“I do not know if I should say that in public, but I think that is very, very important for a team – that he is just one of the guys, he is always with us, he does not excuse himself.”

“That makes our job easier as a coach and we really appreciate that. For me, that is leadership.”

It will be a year before Clarkson suits up again for the national team as he reunites with the Jazz for the start of the upcoming NBA season in October.

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– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.