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Kai Sotto is undoubtedly an important part of Gilas Pilipinas’ future, but if he wants to compete in international tournaments, he has to spend considerable time training with the team.This is the condition set by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Program Director, Tab Baldwin, as the national team prepares for the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“I’m the problem now, if you will. Because my attitude is a coach’s attitude. As a coach, I’m developing a team,” Baldwin said on the Power and Play with Noli Eala show on Radyo Singko.
“To be part of the team you have to be integrated into the team, and to be integrated into the team you have to train with the team.”
Sotto returned to the Philippines in February hoping to represent the country in the third and final window of the Asian Cup qualifiers.
However, Qatar canceled hosting the third window due to coronavirus-related issues when the 7-foot-3 man flew back to the US to continue his development.
Sotto joined the national team in his ongoing training camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
“If Kai comes back and plays with the team and doesn’t train with us, I think he’ll go out looking bad,” said Baldwin. “I don’t think that’s fair to him, and I don’t think that’s fair to his prospects.”
“[N] obody could be fooling himself, NBA coaches watch everything Kai does. If he comes back here and plays, they’ll watch. “
If Sotto decides to wear the national colors, he’ll have a few more months to integrate into the team before the Asian Cup qualifiers and that Olympic qualifiers start in June.
“For Kai to have the best experience here he has to be part of the training, because I would say no less than 3 weeks. This is a condition. I am not saying that it is 3 weeks are, it could be 4, it could be 2, “Baldwin said. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamed of being a PBA player but he didn’t have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to be an athlete – write about her.
He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.