Sep 09, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on Clarkson's heavy heart (Business Mirror (Philippines))
LOS ANGELES Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson regrets missing the chance to play for the Philippines in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics qualifier in China later this month and stressed his support to Gilas Pilipinas.
In a statement released to the media through the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) on Wednesday, the 23-year-old combo guard Clarkson said he felt disappointed for being unable to play in the International Basketball Federation Asia Men’s Championship, set from September 23 to October 3 in Changsa.
I’m very disappointed I won’t be able to play with the Gilas National Team during the Fiba Asia Championship, Clarkson said in the statement.
We can all agree, the 12 men selected to represent the Philippines in this 2015 Fiba Asia Championship have earned the right and any continued efforts on my part would not be fair to the team. I will cheer them onto gold, he added.
The SBP released late Wednesday the composition of the team to the Changsa tournament. They are naturalized player Andray Blatche, Calvin Abueva, Ranidel de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Dondon Hontiveros, JC Intal, Gabe Norwood, Marc Pingris, Terrence Romeo, Asi Taulava, Sonny Thoss and Jayson Castro.
Clarkson was embedded in the Gilas pool for two weeks, acquainting himself with the system of Head Coach Tab Baldwin. He joined Gilas in Taiwan where the team finished with the silver medal in the William R. Jones Cup.
Los Angeles Lakers management, led by General Manager Mitch Kupchak, was supportive of Clarkson’s desire to play for Gilas.
I spoke to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and he share the same sentiments about representing an entire country and supported my decision either way, Clarkson said.
Gilas management reiterated to the BusinessMirror that changes could still be made on the 12-man lineup the SBP submitted to Fiba. Changes because of injury or other valid reasons could be made during the Team Managers’ Meeting on the eve of the tournament. The Fiba will charge at least $2,000 in fine for each change in the lineup.
Jimmy Alapag, Troy Rosario, Moala Tautuaa and Gary David were dropped from the roster.