Tuesday, August 14, 2018

NBA's Official Statement Regarding Jordan Clarkson's One-Time Exception To Participate in 2018 Asian Games

Photo credit: David Liam Kyle NBAEGetty Images & Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

The NBA released the following statement regarding the one-time exception of Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson, and 2 Chinese NBA players, Zhou Qi & Ding Yanyuhang in the Asian Game 2018:

"The National Basketball Association today announced that it has granted a special exception for NBA players to play in the 2018 Asian Games, permitting Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to represent their respective countries in this year’s event.

The NBA's agreement with FIBA stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions and associated qualifying tournaments. Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players under contract are unable to participate. However, 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.


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