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AGAIN, Gilas Pilipinas is looking for Kai Sotto. And why not?

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At 7-foot-2, Sotto is now the country’s greatest active basketball player. If only for that, he should have a chance of being accepted not only in Gilas but in all national teams at least for the next 10 years. And why not? Imagine, under the age of 20, his near-limitless potential to harm our enemies in the international game – today, tomorrow and many tomorrow. He can be so intimidating when he continues in a game where the consistent rule of thumb is, “Greatness is power. “It may not be the complete package yet, but not a problem. No rush. No worries. Isn’t he now in the American NBA G-League, the farm factory for future NBA stars? As a starter for Ignite Select in California, Sotto’s schooling came from coach Brian Shaw, a former NBA star. Shaw hired former great NBA man Amir Johnson to personally improve Sotto’s inside game. Anyone who knows his or her basketball, if not sports science, will tell you that if Sotto is serious about making his dream of reaching the bigtime a reality, he must go overseas. Even if he’s only 18, he doesn’t have anything like it here. And the good thing is that Sotto’s dad, Ervin, the former 6-foot-7 PBA player is equally supportive, dropping virtually anything to serve his son. No formula for success is more effective than a father who stays by his son’s side every step of the way. When you add the unconditional love of Kai’s mother, a star is waiting to bloom in all its glory. It pays off that Ervin’s wife was once a volleyball star herself – which makes Kai’s sports DNA almost perfect. No wonder Tab Baldwin, the Gilas basketball program director, pokes fun at Sotto’s service for the third window of the Fiba Asia Cup in February at Clark Freeport. “Of course I want Kai to come back as early as possible,” said Baldwin after telling Sotto that he wanted to play for Gilas. “As a coach, I’m looking forward to working with him. “Do we need a three-game win – two against South Korea and one against Indonesia – to move forward after beating Indonesia and Thailand (twice) in Jakarta last February? Kai could be half the job. “. Why not?

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