Jordan Clarkson Cleared to Represent Philippines in 2018 Asian Games

Jordan Clarkson Cleared to Represent Philippines in 2018 Asian Games

"NBA gave the green light to JC to play for the Asian Games". Houston Rockets big man Zhou Qi will be participating for Team China, which added fuel to the fire in the sense that if he was allowed to play, then so should Clarkson. But according to Gerry Ramos of SPIN.ph, the Indonesian federation was quick to approve Jordan Clarkson's re-enry.

The US league had earlier refused Clarkson permission to play in tournament, being held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2.

"My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen".

"See you all very soon".

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"The National Basketball Association today announced that it has granted a special exception for NBA players to play in the 2018 Asian Games, permitting Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi, and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to represent their respective countries in this year's event", the NBA stated through an August 15 press release. Clarkson wrote on Facebook, and posted a photo of himself in a Philippines shirt. The league's representatives in Manila could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Clarkson is coming off of his first National Basketball Association playoff appearance with the Cavs, averaging 12.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 three-pointers per game on 45.6 percent shooting from the field and 40.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Hours after the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) bared that the prolific combo guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been cleared to join the Yeng Guiao-led team, the NBA's Deputy Commissioner and COO Mark Tatum confirmed the news to Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chief Al Panlilio.

The decision was later reversed after an intervention by the office of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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