Wednesday / September 23 / 2015
Clarkson cools off at All-Star game in LA
Nicholai Rhiz Roska

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LOS ANGELES – After a long and busy summer that included trips to the Philippines and Taipei, Jordan Clarkson returned to a familiar place last Sunday (Monday in Manila) – the basketball court. 
This time, the budding star didn't have to dodge questions about his future with the Los Angeles Lakers or the possibility of suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas somewhere down the road.
This time, the jolly Clarkson only had fun on his plate. Oodles and oodles of fun.
The occasion was the Power 106 FM's Celebrity All-Star Game, which went off with a bang at the Galen Center inside the campus of the University of Southern California (USC).
The star-studded event was graced by the presence of hip-hop luminaries Nelly and Chris Brown, who led their respective teams. Will.I.Am of the Black-Eyed Peas was one of the more than 60 celebrities who lent their star power to the annual charity event.  
A new breed of young hip hop stars – Sean Kingston, Tyga, Jeremih, Sage the Gemini, Kid Ink – joined the hard court action while Disney star Zendaya and Travis Barker of Blink 182, one of the coolest guys to ever wield a drumstick, provided the halftime entertainment while Rita Ora acted as the emcee.
But it was Brown, a recent Manila visitor, who stole the show. Brown dropped 30 points while displaying an impressive array of killer crossovers, behind-the-back and no-look passes.
The Philippines' was well represented in the event, thanks to the winning dance crew Jabbawockeez and Clarkson, who served as a guest coach along with Laker teammates Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russel.
Clarkson was all smiles throughout the laid-back Sunday afternoon, merrily giving instructions to his players. He even spoke to Philippines briefly to say he had a fun time visiting our islands and he looks forward to coming back.

The power 106 annual celebrity game benefits the HOMEBOY Industries, a non-profit organization that helps keep young adults off the streets and provide them jobs.
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