Jordan Clarkson Arrives in Manila, Ready to play for Gilas Pilipinas in FIBA World Cup

Breaking news: Jordan Clarkson has arrived in Manila! The Utah Jazz guard is expected to join Gilas Pilipinas when the team arrives from China.

The Philippines’ basketball fans have been eagerly waiting for this moment. Jordan Clarkson, the NBA star who has Filipino roots, has finally landed in Manila on Tuesday morning, ready to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Clarkson, who plays for the Utah Jazz in the NBA, is a naturalized player for the Philippines. He has represented the country in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2023 World Cup Asian qualifiers. He is considered as one of the best players in Asia and a huge boost for Gilas Pilipinas, which is co-hosting the World Cup with Japan and Indonesia.

Clarkson said he is excited to be back with the national team and confident about their chances in the tournament. “I think we got a good chance to do some things, hopefully we’d win some games,” he told reporters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

Clarkson will join Gilas Pilipinas in its final preparations for the World Cup, which starts on August 25. The Philippine team is coming off a successful stint in a China pocket tournament, where it won three of four games against Iran and Senegal.

Gilas Pilipinas will face tough opponents in Group A of the World Cup, namely Italy, Dominican Republic, and Angola. The top two teams from each group will advance to the second round, while the bottom two teams will play in the classification round. The World Cup also serves as a qualifying tournament for the Paris Olympics next year.

Clarkson will be a key factor for Gilas Pilipinas’ performance in the World Cup. He is known for his versatility, scoring ability, and athleticism. He averaged 18.4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game for the Utah Jazz last season³. He also won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2021.

Fans can watch Gilas Pilipinas’ games live at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan or at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. Tickets are available online or at selected outlets⁵. The games will also be broadcasted on TV and online platforms.

Clarkson’s arrival in Manila is a historic moment for Philippine basketball. He is expected to bring his NBA experience and skills to help Gilas Pilipinas achieve its dream of making it to the Olympics and making a mark in the world stage.

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