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The 2022 NBA draft left Kai Sotto’s fans devastated. However, the 20-year-old still holds his head high as he faces a new path ahead of him. After going undrafted, Kai Sotto told the media that “this is not going to stop him”. As an act of support, a fellow Asian and former NBA champion, Jeremy Lin, advised Kai to “Keep Going”.

In light of recent events, former NBA player and Taiwanese star Jeremy Lin expressed his support for Kai. Despite getting passed up by 30 NBA teams, Lin gave the youngster sound advice. A piece of advice that will change his outlook forever.

During an interview with ESPN Asia, Lin told Gabriel Tan about what he thinks of Kai and his hurdles to become the first homegrown Filipino in the NBA,

“I’ve met Kai. I’ve played against Kai, I’ve played with Kai. Like, you know, during the G League Ignite time, I had spent a couple of days with them,” said Lin. “I’m rooting for him too. But at the same time, maybe I’m biased, but I just don’t feel like the draft night is that like, because there are so many people that get drafted and fall off, and there are so many people that go undrafted and fall in.”

Lin also added that it is okay if Kai was not drafted. As long as Kai believes in himself, stays confident, keeps working hard, and stays consistent, Kai will surely have a place in the NBA.

Jeremy Lin’s Advice on Kai Sotto, Photo Courtesy of ESPN Asia (via YouTube)

The 33-year-old Taiwanese star Jeremy Lin definitely knows what it feels like to not get picked up by an NBA team. 

J. Lin committed to the 2010 NBA draft but unfortunately, the then 21-year-old point guard went undrafted. Before committing to the draft, he played college pro ball at Harvard University. Soon after that, Lin decided to play in the Summer League. Whilst being there, a 6-foot-3 combo guard caught the eyes of NBA scouts and GMs. Lin would then eventually catch a break and sign a contract with the Golden State Warriors in 2010.

With just over a year, Lin surprisingly broke the internet after going nuts during the 2011-2012 season with the New York Knicks. During that time, Lin was given the nickname “Linsanity” because of his theatrics, amazing display of talent, and clutch shots. Jeremy Lin played in the NBA for 9 years and had a pretty decent career. He also won his first and only championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

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Tim Cone, Photo Courtesy of One Sports (via YouTube)

In other news, Tim Cone, a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) coach is set to join the coaching staff of the Miami Heat’s Summer League team.

The winningest coach in PBA is reported to be an assistant coach to the team. Only a few know that Time Cone has a close relationship with Miami Heat head coach, Erik Spoelstra. By that, after his stint in the Summer League, Cone could potentially join the coaching staff of the Miami Heat’s G-League affiliate in the future.

With Time Cone now taking part in the Summer League, he shared to the media that he thinks that “the Summer League is still the plan B for Kai Sotto” to prove his talents and skills.

“That’s important for him, to get to the Summer League and show he could play with the guys in the league.”, Cone said in an interview.

Furthermore, the Miami Heat Summer League team has not completed their lineup yet. If Kai and his agent, Joel Bell, decide to opt-in to the Summer League, there is a high chance he could be joining Tim Cone and the Heat.


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