Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson took to Facebook on Monday to express his disappointment after not getting the green light to suit up for the Philippines in the Asian Games.
The Filipino-American cager posted a picture of what would have been his jersey had he gotten the clearance from the NBA to don the national team's colors.
ESPN5 reported early Saturday Clarkson would not be able to play for the Philippines in the quadrennial meet.
"To my Filipino Brothers and Sisters, I am terribly disappointed to say that I have not received the required consent to participate in the upcoming Asian Games with our National Team," he said in the post.
Clarkson was included in the initial lineup the team submitted to the organizers. Though his eligibility status was up in the air, head coach Yeng Guiao said saving a spot for the high-octane guard was worth the risk.
The NBA didn't give him clearance, though. In a statement, the league's spokesman Tim Frank said NBA players can only participate in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments. The Asian Games is not one of those competitions.
"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," the statement read.
The decision, though, didn't sit well with fans as well. Some even pointed out that China is fielding in NBA players Zhou Qi (Houston Rockets) and Ding Yanyuhang (Dallas Mavericks).
SBP president Al Panlilio told ESPN5 in a previous report he "hopes the rule applies to all consistently."
"They are aware of not one but two Chinese players in the lineup for the Asian Games. This is also under investigation," Panlilio said.
Despite not getting the clearance, Clarkson assured his desire to play for the tri-color flag has never worn off. He is hopeful that dream will come to fruition eventually.
"Although I will not be there in person, I will be with my Gilas teammates in heart and spirit. Despite this, my desire and ambition to play with my countrymen in the future remains resolute and I am adamant that this dream will come true!" he ended.
The Philippines opens its bid to improve on a seventh-place finish against Kazakhstan on August 16.