Wednesday, August 26, 2015
LA Lakers ‘aware’ of Jordan Clarkson's interest of playing for Gilas Pilipinas
The Los Angeles Lakers have knowledge that their Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson is trying to make himself eligible for the Philippine national men’s basketball team, Gilas Pilipinas.
“We are aware that he is having discussions with the (Philippine) national team and other governing organizations,” John Black, Lakers’ Vice President of Public Relations, wrote to InterAksyon in an email.
But the Lakers are silent when asked if there’s any chance that the Lakers will give the green light to Clarkson to play for Gilas Pilipinas.
“But we have no additional information or comment at this time,” Black continued.
The 6’5″ guard Clarkson, a second round pick in last year’s NBA draft, had an outstanding season with the Lakers last season and was one of the bright spots in the team’s dismal season, making it to the NBA All-Rookie Team.
Clarkson averaged 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He played as a starter in majority of the Lakers’ games this year.
Clarkson is currently in Manila for his endorsement deal with Smart. He will also attend Gilas Pilipinas practices as an “observer” while he is fixing his documents required by FIBA that will allow him to play for the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Championship.