After much buzz, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has confirmed that NBA player and Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has already been a Philippine passport holder since age 12, according to a SPIN.ph report.
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And before you blurt out "So what?," this development means Clarkson would need not to undergo the naturalization process to suit up for the country in international competitions, like the upcoming 2015 FIBA Asia Championship from Sept. 23 to Oct. 3, in Changsha, China.
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The basketball federation is so optimistic that it even reportedly included Clarkson in the tentative 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool submitted last Saturday. From this list the final 12 players will be selected to represent the country in the 2016 Olympics (in Rio de Janeiro) regional qualifier.
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While this piece of good news is highly encouraging, especially after the trials Gilas 3.0 is experiencing, what exactly will Clarkson bring to the national team—which even though doesn't outright suck, is certainly not at its best—is still intriguing.
Being the basketball enthusiasts that we are, we've listed the pros of having a guy of his caliber on our national hoops squad.
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This one's a bit conflicting. Clarkson has essentially just half an NBA season under his belt—from being initially assigned to his team's D-League affiliate, the LA D-Fenders, to starting 38 games for the Lakers at the point. Still, the determined Fil-Am was pitted against the likes of All-Star guards, being from the dreaded Western Conference, and ably held his own.
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At 6'5," Clarkson is your modern-day, quintessential big point guard. And although time and again our previous teams have proven to overcome the height hurdle with the size of our #PUSO, it wouldn't hurt to be reinforced with someone whose frame could fare well in international competition, height-wise.
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Clarkson, only at 23 years old, has the ability keep up with the game's pace with those fresh legs. And with him on board, it means less minute required for the team's senior statesmen, in case Dondon Hontiveros, Gary David, or even the "Mighty Mouse," Jimmy Alapag, make the lineup.