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Jordan Clarkson will play on Philippines’ national team in Asian Games

Clarkson missed the team’s first game as the Philippines topped Kazakhstan, 96-59.

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The NBA has granted a “special exception” to Jordan Clarkson to play in the Asian Games. Clarkson is Filipino-American and will play for the Philippines in Jakarta.

Rockets center Zhou Qi and Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang, both of whom will represent China, will also be given the same exception.

The decision reversed an earlier one for the league as a result of their relationship with FIBA. Due to the league’s agreement, NBA players were only permitted to participate in FIBA-sanctioned international events like the Olympics and FIBA World Cup games.

Because of a miscommunication between the players and NBA, however, the league opted to make an exception for the Asian Games this year.

“Due to a lack of clear communication of that agreement between the NBA and the Chinese and Philippines Basketball Federations, and after further discussions with both Federations, the NBA has agreed to provide this one-time exception,” the NBA said in a press release.

“My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen. See you all very soon,” Clarkson said in a Facebook post.

After the league’s decision Clarkson made it to Jakarta in time to watch most of his team’s first game against Kazakhstan on Thursday. They went on to win 96-59 and will face China on Tuesday.