Jordan Clarkson happy to share NBA moment with fellow Fil-Am cager Jalen Green
It was a special moment for Jordan Clarkson as he got to share the court with fellow Filipino-American cager Jalen Green on Friday, marking the first time in NBA's history that two players of Filipino descent square off.
Clarkson's Utah Jazz walked away with a 122-91 victory over the Houston Rockets with the reigning Sixth Man of the Year finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, and a block.
Green, meanwhile, posted 13 markers, three boards, and three dimes.
Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson become the first two players of Filipino descent to share the court in an NBA game! ???????? pic.twitter.com/waKSIfVwCA— NBA (@NBA) October 29, 2021
But although the Jazz got the better of the Rockets, Clarkson was still all praises for the 19-year-old rookie, Green.
In an Instagram post following the match, Clarkson, whose mother has Filipino roots, said Green is 'special' while complementing his post with three Philippine flag emojis.
"Jalen is special, glad to share this moment in history, keep representing brodie!!!"
The Houston Rockets also paid tribute to the two ballers for making history with the team's official Twitter account posting pre-game photos of both Clarkson and Green.
.@JalenGreen and @JordanClarksons made NBA history as the first two players of Filipino descent to play in the same game!— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 29, 2021
A historic moment! ???????? pic.twitter.com/xnczckGKSl
It was also Filipino Heritage Night at the Toyota Center, coinciding with Clarkson's Jazz coming to town.
Celebrating Filipino heritage tonight at @ToyotaCenter! ???????? pic.twitter.com/2I35tag2ul— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 28, 2021
—Bea Micaller/JMB, GMA News