KAI SOTTO LIKELY TO MISS GILAS STINT DUE TO G LEAGUE SEASON
After the announcement of NBA prospect Kai Sotto that he will be playing for Gilas in the final leg of FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, he will be forced to choose between joining Gilas Pilipinas or remain with Ignite for the upcoming G League season.
The said NBA’s second league sees the entire month of February blocked off which puts Sotto’s Gilas stint in jeopardy.
First reported by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, through a bubble set up, G League is marked to open training camp tentatively in Atlanta on January 29 next year.
And just like any other cup, the G League will be having a shortened period and is also looking to officially start on February 8 with the playoffs starting on March 8.
In which Sotto who is under the radar of the Ignite team is set to join the G League that includes prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, and other NBA draft hopefuls Daishen Nix, Isaiah Todd, and Princepal Singh of India.
Multiple NBA teams have already backed out of financing their G League affiliates for this season.
Meanwhile, the third window of FIBA 2021 Cup will be happening in Clark, Pampanga, from February 18-22 where Gilas is currently sitting on a 3-0 win-loss record after the first and second window.
Gilas will first battle Korea’s powerhouse twice and with one match against former Gilas coach Rajko Toroman who is manning the bench of Indonesia on February 20.
“I’m really looking forward to joining my former teammates and the PBA players that I have idolized since then. Together with them, I hope we play our best to bring glory to our country,” Sotto shared in a recorded video.
However, Coach Brian Shaw of the NBA G League said that he was not informed by Kai’s decision on joining the Gilas and still says that the league offers a better opportunity for the Sotto.
“I still believe that the competition he will be playing here in the bubble will be better competition than what he will be playing there,” he said.
With both NBA G League and FIBA 2021 Cup happening in the same month of February, next year. Kai Sotto will be left to decide on what to choose and on what to give up.