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Clamor among fans for Clarkson to play in Asiad growing

Jordan Clarkson is trending on Twitter as of the moment because of the Gilas fans calling on the NBA to clear him for the Asian Games. USA Today (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Filipino basketball fans are looking forward to finally see combo guard Jordan Clarkson play for Gilas especially that it has been reported that he has been inserted to the 12-man lineup for the Asian Games.

Since early reports surfaced Thursday night, the hashtag #LetJordanPlay began trending, and as of posting, the Cleveland Cavalier is trending on Twitter.

A person privy of the situation said that the Cavs have already given the go-signal to let the six-foot-five rising star, born to a Filipina mother, play for the Philippines. Thus, the SBP's decision to insert him to the submitted lineup.

The source also said that the club clearance can be extended to the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers, which will be of a great boost considering that Andray Blatche will be suspended due to his role in the Gilas-Australia brawl on July 2.

Only standing in the way now are the approvals from no less than NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the Olympic Council of Asia.

The OCA will release its decision on whether it will clear Clarkson later Friday.

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