Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Andray Blatche 'hopeful' for Jordan Clarkson inclusion to Gilas Pilipinas
Former NBA player and naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche looks forward to possibly teaming up with Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson who is currently taking steps for him to be eligible for Gilas Pilipinas.
Although Blatche, who previously played for the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets, managed his expectations and said that Clarkson getting clearance from the Lakers might still be a long way to go.
“But I know it’s gonna be difficult with the NBA season coming up and training camp, but we hope for the best,” added Blatche.
Having Clarkson and Blatche with the team is definitely a huge boost for Gilas Pilipinas and would make them an instant contender against the likes of Iran, China and South Korea for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship title.
Clarkson is still currently taking steps to get FIBA approval for his eligibility, with his Philippine passport which he got before 16 years old and other documents as his proof of Filipino citizenship.
The Filipinos are hoping to win the FIBA Asia crown in China this September to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in 44 years.