Jeremy Lin may follow the steps of Jordan Clarkson and suit up for his home-country Taiwan in the upcoming 2015 FIBA Asia.
Lin will soon be playing for a new team in the NBA, signing a two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets. However, just months away from the 2015-16 season, rumors have it that Lin will be joining the Chinese Taipei team for FIBA Asia.
Lin is a Taiwanese-American whose parents are U.S. immigrants from Taiwan. Notably, his brother Joe Lin just went pro and will be playing for the Fubon Braves in Taiwan’s Super Basketball League.
Should JLin decide to join the Taiwanese National team for FIBA, he will definitely be a welcome addition to the team who is currently playing in the William Jones Cup 2015. However, he has yet to comment on the rumors.
The former Harvard standout may also get his cues from former teammate Jordan Clarkson who is rumored to play for Gilas Pilipinas, the national basketball team of the Philippines.
It was recently reported that the 2015 NBA All Rookie First Team member may play for the Philippines as a “homegrown” player. While the Lakers guard was born in the U.S., his mother is a Filipino and Jordan holds a Philippine passport.
Clarkson is currently with the Philippines delegation at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan, supporting the team and observing Gilas Pilipinas should he join the team in the upcoming FIBA Asia 2015.
However, a recent update reveals that Clarkson may not suit up for the Philippines in the September to October tournament. In an email sent by Jordan’s dad, Mike Clarkson, to Philippine Star, he cited timing as the reason why the sophomore NBA star will have to skip the games this year.
“As you know in professional sports, timing is of the essence especially when managing a player’s career. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be worse as he [Jordan] prepares for rigors of the upcoming 2015-2016 NBA season and heightened performance expectations,” Mr. Clarkson revealed.
This seems to be bad news for Filipino basketball fans who were hoping for the 23-year-old NBA star to join the national team and help them secure a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Jordan Clarkson has yet to comment on his father’s statements.