Jordan Clarkson's dad to Fiba: When will you clear him to play for Gilas Pilipinas?
Jordan Clarkson's dad Mike s taken to Instagram to touch on the issue concerning the Lakers guard's eligibility to play for Gilas in international basketball. Photo from Mike Clarkson's Instagram account

IS Jordan Clarkson's patience wearing thin while waiting for Fiba clearance to finally don the Gilas Pilipinas jersey?

The father of the Los Angeles Lakers stalwart posted an Instagram message addressed to Fiba asking when his son can finally be given the clerance to play for the Philippines in international basketball.

"FIBA, when can we make this a reality," read the caption used by Mike Clarkson in describing his Instagram photo of two shirts - a white one bearing a small image of his son and his whole name JORDAN CLARKSON printed in bold letters, and the other colored blue with the word PILIPINAS also in bold letters.

"When? He's READY!," added the elder Clarkson, who also used several hashtags to the message including #filipino, #lakers, #gilaspilipinas, #philippines, among others.

[See Clarkson waiting for Fiba clearance, but always ready to join Gilas, says dad]

The message came just after Gilas Pilipinas earned a berth in the Fiba World Cup qualifiers this November by topping the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship held in Manila last week.

Fiba has yet to give the green light for Clarkson to play for the country of his mother as there are still supporting papers the world governing body for the sport has been asking with regards to the NBA players' birth certificate and those of his Filipina mother Annette, a native of Angeles, Pampanga.

The 24-year-old Clarkson has a Filipino passport which the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) claims he acquired during his pre-teen years, thus making him eligible to play for Gilas.

Without the Fiba clearance, the most Clarkson could do to play for the national team is to apply for naturalization. Former NBA stalwart Andray Blatche is the current naturalized player for Gilas.

Only one naturalized player can play for one country at a time.


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