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Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes

As much as Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes salivates on the thought of Jordan Clarkson donning national team colors, he knows that the Fil-Am guard’s status is much more complicated than what meets the eye.

“Jordan is just there. I just want everyone to understand it’s not that simple with him wanting to play and us wanting him to be here,” Reyes said.

FILE – Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
Clarkson still has not resolved his eligibility problems with Fiba as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yet to prove if the Los Angeles Laker indeed carries a Philippine passport before the age of 16.

Adding to that is the scheduling conflict with 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers running straight right into the NBA season from late November to mid-February.

“There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. Clarkson can’t easily say that he wants to play or we can tell him that he can come. He has to get a clearance,” Reyes said.

Author: Randolph B. Leongson, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/272942/clarkson-playing-for-gilas-is-not-that-simple-says-reyes

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