If things will truly be casted in stone, then Asian basketball fans will be seeing NBA players Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson suit up for their respective countries. Read on for more details.
Lin, who recently signed with the Charlotte Hornets, is speculated to suit-up for his home country Taiwan. His ex-Los Angeles Lakers team mate is at present showing his support as an “observer” for the national men’s basketball team of his country, the Philippines.
The 6′ 3″ point guard could also be prompted to join the Taiwanese National team in their FIBA campaign as his younger brother Joseph which has been reported by Australian Network to have recently inked a deal with Taiwanese basketball team Fubon Braves.
On the other hand, Clarkson’s recent involvement in the Gilas Philippine National Team will probably be the huge stimulus that can sway Lin to consider taking part for a nationalistic basketball stand in the future. Clarkson is now in Taiwan with the national men’s basketball team for the 2015 William Jones Cup although limited to “rooting” in the sidelines as reported by Rappler. It was also stated that the national team has been toiling for the eligibility of the 6-5 Filipino-American for the upcoming continental championships.
It was despite the fact that he was recently greenlit by the Los Angeles Lakers to play in the upcoming FIBA Asia Tournament as reported by Tempo. FIBA though still hasn’t given the 2nd year veteran notice of their approval.
Lin meanwhile who inked a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets averaged 11.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals during his final stint with the Los Angeles in 2014-2015. Clarkson on the other hand averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 59 games for the Lakers.
Both the addition of Lin and Clarkson in the lineup of their respective Asian basketball squad will definitely bolster the likelihood of clinching a spot in the 2016 Olympics and the FIBA World Cup in 2019.
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