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Clarkson returns ‘to inspire Gilas’

02:17 AM August 24, 2015
Los Angeles Lakers' Fil-American rookie Jordan Clarkson interact with the kids during the NBA Cares event Saturday in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Los Angeles Lakers’ Fil-American rookie Jordan Clarkson interact with the kids during the NBA Cares event Saturday in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Los Angeles Lakers’ Filipino-American point guard Jordan Clarkson arrives today from the United States  to sign a deal making him an endorser of Smart Telecom’s products and to help inspire Gilas Pilipinas in its buildup for the Fiba Asia Men’s Championship next month.

Clarkson, who blossomed into a force at the point with Kobe Bryant injured last season, will be a keen observer of Gilas practices. He is expected to join the team in Taipei during the Jones Cup.

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Even though his mother Annette is from Angeles City in Pampanga, Clarkson cannot play for the country because of a Fiba rule that requires a player to select his citizenship at the age of 16.

That rule has also prevented Stanley Pringle and Moala Tautuaa, the 6-foot-7 Fil-Tongan picked first by Talk ‘N Text in the PBA Draft Sunday, from playing for the Philippines.

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Clarkson will also supervise basketball clinics in Manila.  Musong R. Castillo

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