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    Kai Sotto keeps door open for PBA despite NBA dream

    Mar 27, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    DESPITE his son's dream to make it to the NBA, Ervin Sotto said he still sees Kai Sotto playing in the PBA someday.

    The Sotto family is going all out in helping Kai achieve his dream of playing in the NBA as they will leave for the United States this April for a two-month training before heading out to Europe where several ballclubs have already offered the 7-foot-2 big man a contract.

    Ervin, though, said he is not discounting the possibility of his son playing in the PBA in the future, as Kai will return to the Philippines whatever happens to his NBA bid.

    “Kahit anong mangyari, babalik at babalik siya rito,” said Ervin in an interview during a send-off party for his son organized by Chooks to Go. “Pilipino ‘yan eh. Siyempre, maglalaro siya sa PBA.”

    “Pero hindi ngayon,” added Ervin, who had an eight-year career in the PBA.

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    The odds, however, is that Kai will not be playing in the PBA anytime very soon.

    The 16-year-old Sotto has shown tremendous potential that he has drawn interest from European ballclubs in Real Madrid, Barcelona, Baskonia, and Estudiantes in Spain, and Alba Berlin.

    To further improve Kai’s game, the Sotto family has agreed with their son’s handlers, East West Private LLC, that he train in Atlanta for two months before deciding on which European team he will go.

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      Kai, however, has expressed commitment to play for the national team despite his stint in Europe.

      “’Yun muna. May proseso. Hindi ko sinasabi na hindi siya maglalaro (dito). Para sa akin, maglalaro siya (sa PBA),” said Ervin.

      “Kahit anong mangyari, maglalaro ‘yung bata sa Gilas,” Ervin added.

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