Kai asks for understanding as he opts to develop self for Gilas in the future

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Gilas Pilipinas center Kai Sotto. FIBA/SBP PHOTO

Knowing that foregoing a Gilas Pilipinas stint would irk a cage-crazed nation, Kai Sotto on Thursday pleaded for understanding as he put personal growth over national team duty.

“Playing in the (National Basketball League) is a critical step in my basketball journey,” he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post as he explained why he wouldn’t play for the Nationals in the Fiba Asia Cup in Indonesia next month. “[A]nd now that I have fulfilled my qualifier window and (Olympic Qualifying Tournament) commitments to the National Team, I want to focus on playing well for the Adelaide 36ers.”

Sotto signed with the Aussie club last April, securing another pro stint after botching one with the NBA G League’s Ignite selection team.

According to the 7-foot-3 teen, he is expected to be in Adelaide by Aug. 1 to “get settled and start…

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