Former NBA player Jeremy Lin gave Kai Sotto and other up-and-coming athletes some solid advice after going unwritten last week.
Speak with ESPN on Thursday, Lin, 33, said he is supporting the 20-year-old Filipino athlete after spending some time with him during NBA’s G League Ignite.
†I’ve met Kai, I’ve played against Kai, I’ve played with Kai. I spent a few days with them during the G League Ignite, so I’m rooting for him too,” says de former NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors said.
“At the same time, I may be biased, but I just don’t feel like a draft night is like… because there are so many people getting called up and dropping out,” Lin continued. “And then there are so many people who don’t” [sic] get lined up and then fall into it. To me it’s a measure of where you are today, but it’s not at all an indicator of where you’ll be on the road.
Sotto, who is officially listed with a height of 7 feet 2 inches, had to pause his dream of joining the NBA after he go unwritten in the 2022 NBA Rookie Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday.
The young athlete had previously Sports featuring several NBA teams for draft night, including the New York Knicksthe Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls, the latter of which reportedly had shown interest in the Filipino rookie.
The Las Piñas native still has a chance to receive an invitation to the 2022 NBA Summer League, where he could get a training camp deal or a two-way contract if he performs well. This year’s Summer League starts on July 7.
Lin, who now plays for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association, did not advance in 2010. Despite this, he managed to eventually join several NBA teams, including the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Brooklyn Nets, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Toronto Raptors.
†When they get called up, I think every player – including Kai – needs to understand that: ‘Okay, a team believes in me, but I have to keep working so I can really earn their trust and be here long term,” Lin , who recently basketball school in toronto, was quoted as follows. “And if he’s not called up, I’d also say, ‘Hey, it’s okay.’ Because you know who you are as a player and maybe if you just keep showing them, in time you will find a home.”
†Most importantly, draft night is just one snapshot in a very long movie,” Lin added. “And I just hope he continues to believe in himself, stay confident, keep working hard and trust that ‘as long as I stay consistent I will find a home’.”
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