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Praying for Jordan

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Posted at Mar 15 2019 07:12 PM

Praying for Jordan

Aside from praying for the early onset of the rainy season, the whole nation is likewise hoping for a good draw in the FIBA Basketball World Cup on Saturday.

The draw in Shenzhen, China will determine the countries the Philippines will be competing against in the first round when the World Cup begins in September this year.

Gilas Pilipinas qualified after getting the must-win games against Kazakhstan and Qatar, finishing fourth in Group F behind Australia, Japan and Iran.

Naturalized player Andray Blatche is expected to suit up once again for Gilas just like he did in the last window of the qualifiers where he virtually willed the Philippines to victories over Qatar and Kazakhstan.

But the FIBA World Cup is a different stage altogether and Gilas Pilipinas will need all the help it can get, including from Jordan Clarkson.

The problem is FIBA could classify him as "naturalized" as he obtained his Filipino passport after the age of 16.

FIBA restricts each team to one "naturalized" player, meaning the Philippines would be forced to choose between Clarkson and Blatche.

But Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is not giving up the fight and is moving heaven and earth to convince FIBA to accept Clarkson as a Filipino citizen.