Jordan Clarkson, Jalen Green make NBA history during Jazz-Rockets Filipino Heritage Night
Clarkson and Green became the first players with Filipino heritage to play in the same game.
In the NBA’s 75th season, league history was made Thursday night when the Utah Jazz faced the Houston Rockets on the road.
The night marked the first time two players with Filipino heritage played in the same game. Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson’s grandmother hails from the Philippines, as does Rockets guard Jalen Green’s grandfather.
In honor of the occasion, the Rockets held Filipino Heritage Night at Toyota Center, where T-shirts with Green’s No. 0 were given to each fan.
Clarkson, a veteran of the league, said postgame that he’s been a part of a few such heritage nights over the years, while it was Green’s first, as it was just his fifth NBA game after the 19-year-old was the second overall pick in last summer’s draft.
That said, Clarkson, who is somewhat of a cultural icon in the Philippines, realized the significance of both he and Green playing in the first game with two players who have such heritage.
“They love basketball,” Clarkson said of Filipinos. “Just us two being here is super inspirational for the youth and every Filipino-American, every Filipino, anybody with Filipino blood. I feel like it’s just an amazing experience, something that can’t be done again because (it was) the first. Hopefully we see more.”
Clarkson scored 16 points off the bench for Utah, while Green had 13 starting for Houston.