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With roster gutted, Gilas seeks help everywhere–including NBA

first_imgWith a forgettable brawl resulting in a gutted roster, Gilas Pilipinas continues to look for ways to patch the many holes it needs to fill for the Asian Games.The PBA has already excused its players from the national pool, but is working to lend the Rain or Shine squad for the Asiad—but the team definitely needs a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced UST, Far Eastern U shoot for early tourney lead View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Beefed up by PBA players and naturalized center Marcus Douthit, the Philippines placed seventh in the previous Asian Games in 2014 held in Incheon, South Korea.The Gilas Pilipinas roster was depleted after figuring in an ugly brawl with the Australian men’s basketball team. Ten players and two coaches, including head coach Chot Reyes and naturalized player Andray Blatche, were suspended from international meets for a varied number of games.Although it wasn’t clear whether the Asian Games is part of the suspension, the SBP is leaving nothing to chance. But bringing over Clarkson, who holds a Philippine passport, will be quite tricky for the SBP.“Eighteen players have been submitted by SBP to the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) to compose the Gilas team to the Asian Games, among them Jordan Clarkson and mostly Rain or Shine players,” said POC president Ricky Vargas.The local basketball federation should first get the approval of the Cavaliers and work around a schedule that will not run in conflict with Clarkson’s commitments in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It’s an option we are exploring,” said SBP president Al Panlilio in a text message.Once approved by the Cavaliers management, the Philippine Olympic Committee will seek the blessings of the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) to facilitate Clarkson’s accreditation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the country’s national basketball federation, will pull out all the stops to get Cleveland Cavaliers standout Jordan Clarkson to lend Gilas Pilipinas much needed offense and star power.SBP is hoping to be able to work a deal with the Cavaliers management so Clarkson can suit up for the national team in the Asiad scheduled Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in Jakarta, Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he was briefed by SBP officials on the proposed plan to include the 6-foot-5 guard in the lineup.“Clarkson will be a great addition to the team in the Asian Games. I was told that they are now working on getting him in time for the competition,” Marcial told the Inquirer. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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