Filipino pride Kai Sotto received a welcome package gear from the NBA G-League as his journey to the NBA begins.
The 7’2″ player flaunted his official G-League gear on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) on Instagram.
“Change The Game #winning,” Sotto wrote on the Instagram post.
The care package includes a bag, an official G League cap, and an interactive box that showed Kai’s highlights so far in the United States.
“Stay humble. Blessed to be a part of such a great organization,” Sotto said in his caption.
In May, Kai Sotto announced he is joining NBA G-League together with Filipino-American Jalen Green.
“Here, I will be playing with some of the very best, and I will have even more resources and support. I am committed to work on developing my game on a much bigger stage,” he added. “I’m very proud and excited to start my professional career with the NBA G League Select Team. I hope to continue counting on your support.”
The NBA G League allows top young prospects to start their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training. The 18-year-old center will have the opportunity to catalyze his on-court development as he learns NBA-style basketball.
Kai Sotto is the son of basketball player Ervin Sotto. He excelled in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) juniors division with Ateneo de Manila High School in Quezon City, before moving to The Skill Factory in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sotto made his national team debut for the Philippines at the 2017 SEABA Under-16 Championship in Quezon City, Philippines. He averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and three blocks per game, leading his team to a gold medal. Sotto registered 15 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks in an 83–62 win over Malaysia in the final.
Meanwhile, the NBA announced zero COVID-19 cases after one week inside the Disney World Resort bubble.
On July 13, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and NBA announced two players out of the 322 tested positive for the virus.
“In the event that a player on the NBA campus returns a confirmed positive test in the future, he will be isolated until he is cleared for leaving isolation under the rules established by the NBA and the Players Association,” the NBA and NBPA announced in a joint statement.