Kai Sotto, who is a member of the Orlando Magic NBA Summer League team, prepares himself for the call and embraces his curiosity.

Kai Sotto is a Filipino basketball star who has promised to be available for the Orlando Magic at any time during the NBA Summer League. The 7-foot-2 centre has worked tirelessly in order to demonstrate his potential and show off his development in hopes of earning a place on the Magic roster. Sotto, with his growing skill set and towering presence, is eager to make an impression on the Magic’s roster.

Sotto, under the guidance of Brian Shaw, a renowned coach in the NBA, has been working on his skills and game to prepare for the NBA. He is focused on improving his shooting, agility and strength to demonstrate his versatility. Sotto, with his solid foundations and natural talent believes he is capable of contributing effectively to the team. Sotto is eagerly anticipated by basketball fans and enthusiasts, who are ready to see the potential of this young player.

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Orlando Magic’s Kai Sotto in an NBA Summer League contest in Las Vegas. NBA Philippines’ video screengrabbed.

MANILA, Philippines—Kai Sotto has yet to play in the NBA Summer League after two games with the Orlando Magic in Las Vegas.

Sotto, however, vowed he would be ready to go when the time came.

“[I’m] just trying to show the coaches that I’m a good teammate, I’m a good player. I’ll be ready whenever they call my name. I’ll be a positive guy on the corner, on the bench,” Sotto stated in a Tuesday video interview by NBA Philippines.

“I’m just like a sponge, just trying to learn from everybody, from all the things happening to us.” 

So far, Magic head coach Dylan Murphy decided to keep Sotto in the bench for both the losses against the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers.

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Orlando Magic’s center Kai Sotto at the NBA Summer League, Las Vegas. Screenshot taken from NBA Philippines’ video

Sotto was one of 10 players who did not play against the Pacers. “We Want Sotto” chants inside the Thomas & Mack Arena.

Sotto’s Summer League minutes are non-existent, but his fellow countrymen have shown him plenty of support.

Sotto said, “I am really pleased to see Filipinos support our team and come watch the game.”

“I feel like everywhere I go, I represent the Philippines so I just have to be aware of my actions and like I said, here in the Summer League, I got to put in the work and stay ready when the coach calls my name.”

The Magic will play the New York Knicks Thursday.


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