Kai Sotto begins his new journey with National Basketball League-Australia team Adelaide on December 3.
The 36ers will welcome new team Tasmania on that day at the JackJumpers’ homecourt in MyState Bank Arena at 4:00 PM.
Sotto will then have his first home game two days later against Brisbane.
Despite the delay on its opening date, each team will still have 28 games on its calendar.
The top four teams will advance to the best-of-three semis with the top seed taking on the fourth-ranked team while the second and third placers after the elims square off.
The winners will advance to the best-of-five finale.
“While it’s only a few weeks later than we originally planned, the new start date gives us a greater level of comfort and flexibility as we navigate through the current environment and prioritise having our growing number of fans courtside around the country and in New Zealand,” Hungry Jack’s NBL Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said.
“The NBL is a fan-first product and playing in front of crowds is vital for the league and our clubs. Giving supporters an even better chance of seeing their teams compete at home was a key driver in moving things back slightly and in how we’ve structured the schedule.”
All in all, the 36ers play the Perth Wildcats four times during the NBL season; and Brisbane Bullets, Cairns Taipans, Illawarra Hawks, Melbourne United, New Zealand Breakers, South East Melbourne Phoenix, Sydney Kings and Tasmania JackJumpers on three occasions. Then the regular season wraps up at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on April 24 against Melbourne.
Sotto, a special restricted player, will go up against Brisbane’s Liu Chuanxing on December 5, February 26, and March 12.
He will face South East Melbourne’s Zhou Qi on February 5, March 21, and April 10.
“We are very much looking forward to seeing our fans back at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre supporting CJ [Bruton] and the team,” Adelaide 36ers Chairman and Owner Grant Kelley said.
“We have an exciting roster of youth and experience who will play offensive basketball and challenge for this season’s NBL title.”
All of Kai Sotto’s games will most likely air on Tap Sports and on Tap Go.
Here is the full schedule of Adelaide games in Philippine time:
Friday December 3 v Tasmania JackJumpers – MyState Bank Arena 4:00pm
Sunday December 5 v Brisbane Bullets – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Sunday December 12 v Perth Wildcats – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 11:30am
Saturday December 18 v Cairns Taipans – Cairns Convention Centre 4:30pm
Tuesday December 28 v Cairns Taipans – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 4:00pm
Sunday January 2 v NZ Breakers – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Friday January 7 v Cairns Taipans – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 4.00pm
Sunday January 9 v Illawarra Hawks – WIN Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Sunday January 16 v Illawarra Hawks – WIN Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Thursday January 20 v Perth Wildcats – RAC Arena 6:00pm
Saturday January 22 v Tasmania JackJumpers – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 2:00pm
Friday January 28 v Perth Wildcats – RAC Arena 6:00pm
Sunday January 30 v Melbourne United – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Saturday February 5 v South East Melbourne Phoenix – John Cain Arena 4:30pm
Thursday February 10 v NZ Breakers – TBC 4:00pm
Saturday February 12 v Melbourne United – John Cain Arena 4:30pm
Sunday February 20 v Perth Wildcats – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Saturday February 26 v Brisbane Bullets – Nissan Arena 4:30pm
Friday March 4 v Sydney Kings – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 4:00pm
Saturday March 12 v Brisbane Bullets – Nissan Arena 2:00pm
Saturday March 19 v Tasmania JackJumpers – TBC 4:30pm
Monday March 21 v South East Melbourne Phoenix – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 4:00pm
Sunday March 27 v Illawarra Hawks – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 9:30am
Friday April 1 v Sydney Kings – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 4:00pm
Sunday April 3 v Sydney Kings – Qudos Bank Arena 12:30pm
Sunday April 10 v South East Melbourne Phoenix – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 10:30am
Sunday April 17 v NZ Breakers – TBC 12:30pm
Sunday April 24 v Melbourne United – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 10:30am