SO NBA player Jordan Clarkson will not be seeing action for the Rain or Shine-backed Philippine squad to the coming Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia and the next step for Yeng Guiao and his squad is to bring in Don Trollano, who could become the latest inclusion in the roster.
But the Philippine men’s basketball team will have to wait until tomorrow whether the TNT swingman will become the 12th member of the squad or end up being a tourist and cheerleader for the national quintet.
Guiao is willing to take the risk.
“We will take Don Trollano with us and submit his name in the managers meeting tomorrow,” wrote Yeng Guiao in a text messages hours before the national team departs to Jakarta. “We’re hoping they will allow us to replace Clarkson. If not then, 11 na lang tayo and tourist na lang si Don.”
The Philippine cagers took a gamble by including the name of Clarkson, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. Although he was cleared to play by the organizers in Indonesia and ruled him as eligible to play, the NBA didn’t allow the Fil-Am guard to participate in the Asian Games.
On August 12, the NBA issued a statement on their stand of not allowing Clarkson to join the Philippine squad in the Asian Games.
“The NBA’s agreement with FIBA stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions (FIBA Asia Cup), 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,” wrote NBA spokesman Tim Frank.
Six players from Rain or Shine will comprise the national team led by two-time MVP James Yap, veteran international campaigner Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Chris Tiu and Mav Ahanmisi. Other players included in the final 12 were Paul Lee of Magnolia, Christian Standhardinger of San Miguel Beer, Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort, Paul Erram of Blackwater, and Asi Taulava, the oldest player in the team at 45.