They say a writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a critical eye. But I don’t have to be critical to know that Jordan Clarkson is eager to wear a “Gilas Pilipinas” jersey, and represent the Philippines in the FIBA Asia championship. Watching the undermanned Philippine team going head to head in the week long tourney in the Jones Cup. Clarkson cheered and supported the team as he joined them in every huddle, win or lose with fists in the air holding each other’s hands shouting “Puso” (heart). Aside from being a Filipino-American, it’s easy to persuade Clarkson to play for Gilas. It’s like a disgruntled and unhappy lover, looking for true love and a loving arms, ready to be hug and get that pain away. Jordan came into the Lakers, knocking at their door in the 2014 draft as their second round pick and 46th overall. He had to fight his minutes until Coach Byron Scott gave him a break after the Lakers went into a losing streak bound for a lottery pick (D’Angelo Russel). Not only Gilas but the whole country wanted him to be part of their team, they raved in every Clarkson sighting, and they love him with open arms. A stark contrast to what he is now with the Lakers. If he plays for Gilas he would only miss three pre-season games. However, there are repercussions to that.
This year is his contract year, meaning if he played great last season, he had to amped up his game more this coming season, if he wants to get a secured and better contract. He earns $845,059 this season on his 2 year contract that will end this year. He could have a potentially bigger purse and a brighter future with a 5-year contract. But that would depend on how better he plays with a rejuvenated Laker team.
With the signing of Euroleague’s decorated and accomplished point guard, Marcelo Huertas to a one year deal, the Lakers will have an abundant of point guards namely Huertas, Lou Williams, D’Angelo Russell and Clarkson. Although at 6-foot-5 Clarkson could play shooting guard and battle minutes with Kobe Bryant and Nick Young. So if he would be gone in 3 days, then he would have a lot of catching up to do. And there are also a possibility of being injured.
It looks like Jordan’s back is against the wall. He promised Gilas that he would be there for them long term and made plans on how the team would be in a few years from now.
Whatever happens, Jordan Clarkson will always be part of Gilas. “Puso!” There are two train of thoughts here… one is that although it would be best to play with your heart, but it’s best also to follow your mind. And secondly, if you make a decision with your heart, even if everything will not go on smoothly, at least in the end you will be happy.
Just like a disgruntled lover looking for his one true love…
It can wait.