It’s final. The NBA has ruled Jordan Clarkson out for the 2018 Asian Games.
In a statement by spokesperson Tim Frank today, the NBA explained why Jordan Clarkson can’t be part of the Philippine team for the continental games this month.
Looks like Clarkson won't be playing for the Philippines in the Asian Games. pic.twitter.com/AM0D1ApV2O
— SLAM PH (@SLAMonlineph) August 12, 2018
According to Frank the NBA has an agreement with FIBA that their players can join the Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions, and associated qualifying tournaments.
“Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players are unable to participate. In accordance with the NBA’s agreement with FIBA, Jordan is welcome to represent the Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions,” explained Frank in the statement.
Clarkson was included as part of the final 12 men that will represent the Philippines for the Asian Games. His inclusion was already approved by the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) was holding on to the hope that the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers would allow the Fil-Am guard to join the team.
With this, the Philippine Team will be replacing Clarkson with Don Trollano of the TNT KaTropa. The Philippine Team will be flying out today in time for their first game on August 16.
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