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    Jordan Clarkson, Jalen Green face off on Filipino Heritage Night

    Oct 16, 2021
    Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets host Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz early in the season.

    JORDAN Clarkson and Jalen Green's first NBA faceoff will be on Oct. 28 at Toyota Center (October 29, Manila time) coinciding with the Houston Rockets' celebration of Filipino Heritage Night.

    The two players, proud of their ties to the Philippines, collide for the first time in the professional league.

    "I feel like if I was a kid over there watching somebody else that made it, it would give me hope,” said Clarkson, Utah Jazz guard and reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

    Clarkson is a dual citizen and has played for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where the country ended up in fifth place.

    On the other hand, Green, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, has previously stated, "I love the Philippines. They show me love and support and I’m just happy to represent them. I have family out there."

    The family of Green's mother Bree Puruganan comes from Ilocos Sur.

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    The halftime show will also showcase Filipino culture.

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    All fans in attendance will receive a special Jalen Green jersey t-shirt, with Green also holding a special post-game Q-and-A session.


      Ticket sales will benefit the Philippine Sports Association of Texas, Inc., who have been at the forefront of pushing these initiative.

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      It's a celebration of the Filipino community in the US, which has about 4.1 million Filipino Americans. Texas is in the top five US states where Filipino Americans live, together with California, Hawaii, Illinois, and New York.

      It is the sixth time that the Rockets will hold the special night.

      Houston hosted the New Orleans Pelicans in April 2014, the Minnesota Timberwolves in February 2015, the Milwaukee Bucks in December 2017, the Denver Nuggets in January 2019, and the Phoenix Suns in December 2019.

      Other NBA teams have also held Filipino Heritage Nights.

      Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao graced the Los Angeles Clippers' Filipino Heritage Night at Staples Center in 2019.

      Miami Heat have also routinely held the special night in honor of Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra, while the Golden State Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks, the Sacramento Kings, the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Washington Wizards staged these events to honor the Filipino American communities in their localities.

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      Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets host Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz early in the season.
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