Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson is hyped to don the Philippine colors in the 2018 Asian Games.
The development was confirmed by numerous reports citing chef de mission Richard Gomez.
The NBA initially gave Clarkson a thumbs down before an appeal by Philippine sports officials convinced the league to make a U-turn and grant the Cleveland Cavaliers guard clearance to play in the continental meet. Indonesia Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (INASGOC) and Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said yes for his reentry to the team.
Clarkson is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on Thursday at 10 a.m. local time and will miss the Philippines' first game of the competition against Kazakhstan.
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"Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, National Basketball Association players under contract are unable to participate", it says in the NBA's release.
Clarkson's services, however, will be available in the Philippines' second game against perennial rivals China on the August 21. Twitter and Instagram users began the hashtag #letjordanclarksonplay trended on social media platforms.
Among the players allowed were Jordan Clarkson for the Philippines, Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang for China.
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