Following the NBA's decision to not let him suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming Asian Games, Jordan Clarkson took to social media to express regret over missing out on his "desire and ambition to play with my countrymen."
The pro league's official statement read: "The NBA's agreement with Fiba stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, 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."
The Asiad organizers have reportedly allowed Clarkson to join the Philippines men's national basketball team, which is comprised mostly of players from PBA team Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and coached by Yeng Guiao. The latest development on the country's quest to have the services of the fourth-year Cleveland Cavaliers guard for the multi-sport event every four years has understandably broken the hearts of Pinoy hoops fans.