News – PH – Kai Sotto separates from G League Ignite after a controversial run

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After a turbulent last weekend, Filipino prodigy Kai Sotto and NBA G League Ignite got together on Tuesday, April 23, according to a league statement February, separated from each other

“Kai and the team both understood the challenges of rejoining Ignite in light of current international travel restrictions, quarantine times, and health and safety protocols,” said League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim

“Kai will always be part of the extended Ignite family and we wish him continued success in pursuing his NBA dream,” the statement concluded

18-year-old Sotto was recently at the center of controversy after returning to Gilas Pilipinas in the midst of preparations for the G League shortly before returning to Gilas Pilipinas

Ignite head coach Brian Shaw admitted he was initially surprised by the move but supported his community in his national team

Although Sotto and his camp were quick to return to the US following the postponement of the third qualifying window for the FIBA ​​Asia Cup 2021, there was no further update of his attempt to enter the G-League bubble in Orlando, Florida

Shaw cryptically said before Sotto’s return flight that his place in the rotation was “left” to people “above his pay grade”

This abruptly blocks what, after more than a year of dedicated training in Atlanta, Georgia, looked like a promising increase in the country’s cherished prospect

The former MVP of the UAAP Juniors first gained international attention after receiving several offers for the EuroLeague, all of which he turned down in favor of the G League

Though Sotto’s journey as the first thoroughbred Filipino NBA player is far from over, his next stop will no longer be the league’s newest and most direct path, a platform that has so far shown other perspectives like Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga – Rapplercom

NBA G League, Philippine men’s national basketball team, Shareef Abdur-Rahim

News – PH – Kai Sotto separates from G League Ignite after a controversial run

Source: https://www.rappler.com/sports/nba/kai-sotto-parts-ways-with-g-league-ignite-select-february-2021