So how does Kai Sotto keep himself occupied while in quarantine?
It has been one week since Sotto arrived in the Philippines for his much-awaited debut with Gilas Pilipinas.
And for the Filipino basketball prodigy, the grind doesn’t stop ahead of the third window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Doha, Qatar.
“Got to say active during quarantine,” Sotto said in an interview with former volleyball star Gretchen Ho.
In his hotel room, the former Ateneo standout continues to stay fit by doing light workouts. He had requested a stationary bike and dumbbells to go with the respective workout equipment he brought from the US.
In case of boredom, Sotto brought a PlayStation console to play with, a familiar move from what fans have seen during the NBA and PBA bubble seasons.
But there’s one thing he cannot do: Skipping ropes.
“Abot ko ‘yung ceiling, ‘di nga ako makapag-jump ropes kasi tumatama sa ceiling,” jested the 7-foot-3 Sotto.
Turning serious, Sotto, 18, said his two-year stay in the US became an integral part of his improvement not only in his career but also opened more opportunities in life.
“Daming opportunities na dumating sa akin at sa family ko. And pagdating sa basketball, tumaas lalo ‘yung confidence ko sa sarili ko.”
With his commitment to Gilas, Sotto will miss his NBA G League debut with Team Ignite in Orlando, Florida which kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 10 (Thursday, Feb. 11, Manila time).
Per the latest quarantine protocols, a mandatory swab test on the fifth day of the traveler’s arrival is required. With a negative result, the individual will be endorsed to the local government unit of their destination before completing the rest of the 14-day quarantine.
Sotto, who arrived last Feb. 2, still needs another week, exactly six days from now to complete the required two-week quarantine.
Gilas Pilipinas, however, is scheduled to leave for Qatar since the qualifiers will take place from Feb. 18 to 22.