Former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Rajko Toroman said that Kai Sotto and Thirdy Ravena’s path to their basketball career is a wise decision but Kobe Paras’ move to the US was not.

/ 16 May 2021

The multi-decorated mentor, who is now the head coach of Indonesia’s national team, expressed his opinion on Sotto’s decision to play for Adelaide 36ers saying it was a ‘great move.’

“I think that the G League is too strong at this moment for Kai Sotto. He’s not that athletic enough for the G League and the G League is specifically for guards. I was watching a lot of games, looking for the players, and that was a league for the small players because everybody of them are looking for their NBA contracts and they don’t give the ball to the big guys that much,” he told Radyo5’s Power and Play with Noli Eala on Saturday.

“That’s a very strong league with excellent domestic players. They have not-so-high-level Americans but very good American players nevertheless,” he added.

And even though Thirdy Ravena was not able to fully unleash his skills in Japan for San-En Phoenix, Toroman shared the same sentiments that Ravena’s continued contract to his roster was an excellent one.

“…he’s an extremely athletic player, and these experiences in Japan will help him go to the next level and help with the national team. Even in the first window, he was the best player for national team against us, 23 points, something like that. That’s the best for him,” he propounded.

On the other hand, Rajko’s opinion on Sotto and Ravena differs from Paras who went back to the US saying that “if you cannot be the main guy, if you’re sitting on the bench, you will not get anything from that.” 

“I think that Thirdy and Kai Sotto made a better move going to Japan and Australia,” Rakjo said.