Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


NBA Deputy Comm sees bright future for Kai Sotto, Jalen Green

NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum was all praises for G-League’s Ignite stars Jalen Green and Kai Sotto.

Talking in NBA Philippines’ Republika Huddle Wednesday, the NBA executive shared his insights about the two young Filipinos who took the G-League path to the big leagues, instead of going to college.NBTC-All-Star-2019-Slam-Dunk-Jalen-Green NBA Deputy Comm sees bright future for Kai Sotto, Jalen Green Basketball NBA Philippines News  - philippine sports news

“Jalen, oh boy, when we got Jalen, we were so thrilled because he will be a top pick of his class!”

And for Tatum, these young stars are choosing the G-League path because of the opportunity to have world-class coaching and training.

Ignite is under head coach Brian Shaw, with a staff composed of assistant coach Rasheed Abdul-Rahman, video coordinator Jerry Woods and athletic trainer Pete Youngman.

“Green saw the opportunity to come in and get trained by NBA G-League coaches and he’s being coached now with Kai and the rest of his teammates by Brian Shaw,” said Tatum.

The G-League select team is training in Walnut Creek, California where they will play their home games.

Tatum has been impressed with Sotto during the Basketball Without Borders last February where the 7-foot-2 Filipino had the chance to be coached by Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam.

And with Sotto joining Ignite last May, Tatum is more thrilled to see the Filipino unlock his potential.Batang-Gilas-vs.-FEU-Sotto-dunk-1081 NBA Deputy Comm sees bright future for Kai Sotto, Jalen Green Basketball NBA Philippines News  - philippine sports news

“I had the chance to see Kai at Basketball Without Borders this year and as you mentioned, a Jr. NBA alum, it’s so great to see him now playing for Team Ignite.”

#ReadMore  Known scorer Ferrer aims to deliver defense for Gilas
Written By

Just a kid from Cavite trying to make a difference.

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


Two more veterans will serve as player-mentors for the young G League Ignite squad. Ignite has tapped sixteen-year NBA pro Jarrett Jack and 2020...


It’s not just Kai Sotto’s game that is growing. The 18-year-old is still gaining height. The G League Ignite player tweeted that he is...


Class will be in session for G League Ignite. This as Ignite will be among the 18 teams taking the court in February for...

2020 Tokyo Olympics

As of publishing, we can hardly wait for 2020 to end. This author is certainly many people share the same sentiment, seeing as how...


Kai Sotto and the rest of G League Ignite now have a campus for their final semester with the second league. This as Shams...


East West Private’s players got a legend as their mentor, Wednesday morning (Manila time).  Kai Sotto, Cholo Anonuevo, Sage Tolentino, and EWP’s new recruit...

2021 FIBA Asia Cup

Kai Sotto will have to make a tough decision in the coming days — join Gilas Pilipinas for the February window of the FIBA...


For the past six years, Jordan Clarkson has known the ins and outs of staying in the NBA. That is why for the 28-year-old...