Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson is a man of the people. Especially of the Filipino people.
The Jazz hosted the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. With Clarkson and Rockets rookie Jalen Green both having roots from the Philippines, it was only apt that the game also celebrated Filipino Heritage Night.
Before the tip-off, Clarkson was seen vibing with Filipino fans at the Vivint Arena, posing for photos, signing autographs, and just having a grand time (via NBA).
It's Filipino Heritage Night in Utah 🇵🇭
Fans celebrate with Jordan Clarkson before the @utahjazz host the Rockets on NBA League Pass! pic.twitter.com/xLcKAYaOVc
— NBA (@NBA) January 20, 2022
Both Clarkson and Green have always been proud of their Filipino blood. They make sure to represent the Philippines every chance they get. The moment Clarkson signed with the Jazz in 2019, the team’s fanbase noticeably increased all of a sudden, proof that Filipinos are arguably the most rabid NBA fans in the world. Clarkson winning the Sixth Man of the Year trophy last season only made earned him more admirers from his home country.
A Filipino Heritage Night was also held when the Rockets hosted the Jazz early in the season. Clarkson and company had a convincing 122-91 victory, with the prolific guard finishing with 16 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Green, on the other hand, had 13 points, three boards, and three dimes.
The Jazz continue to be one of the prime contenders in the Western Conference. They have an intact core with an improved bench, led by Clarkson. So they could really do damage. Or as they eloquently say in the Philippines: “Bardagol.”