JORDAN Clarkson hasn’t lost his desire to one day suit up in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform, and at the same time, urged members of the national team to continue working together especially with the home-and-away qualifier for the FIBA World Cup just less than two months away from kicking off.
Clarkson was among the standouts when the Los Angeles Lakers held their media day on Tuesday (Manila time) at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, California.
The 25-year-old Fil-American guard lost no time to greet the entire Gilas team during the one-on-one interview with the Lakers, while likewise adding he’s looking forward of visiting once again the country of birth by his mother.
“Keep on working, continue to grind,” Clarkson told SPIN.ph. “And hopefully, one day I’ll be suiting up in their uniform.”
FIBA has yet to confirm Clarkson's status as a legitimate Fil-Am pending the approval of his papers already submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to the world governing body for the sport.
At the moment, he could only play for the national team as a naturalized player.
Clarkson also thanked Filipino basketball fans, whom he said have always been supportive of him since he donned the Lakers uniform starting the 2014-15 NBA season.
“Keep continue supporting and I’ll keep representing,” said the 6-foot-5 guard who’s in his fourth season with the Lakers. “Hopefully, I’ll have a good year and I’ll be over there soon.”
Clarkson also couldn’t be more thrilled for the coming 2017-18 season especially with rejigged Lakers roster led by no.2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, and the addition of Brook Lopez, Andrew Bogut, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
He describes the new Lakers under new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson as a ‘young team and exciting.’
“We’re going out there to compete, try to win games, and hopefully, be in the post season,” said Clarkson.