Jeremy Lin to Kai Sotto: 'Stay confident, keep working hard'

Published June 24, 2022, 3:45 PM

by Reynald I. Magallon

Add former NBA star Jeremy Lin to the millions of fans who rooted for Kai Sotto.

Lin, in an interview with ESPN Asia, expressed his support to Sotto who went undrafted in the NBA 2022 Rookie Draft on Friday, June 24 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Speaking through his experience, Lin, who also went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and worked his way up through the G League, urged Sotto to keep his head up despite the disappointment.

“I’ve met Kai. I’ve played against Kai, I’ve played with Kai. Like, you know, during the G League Ignite time, I had spent a couple of days with them. I’m rooting for him too. But at the same time, maybe I’m biased, but I just don’t feel like draft night is like that, because there’s so many people that get drafted and fall off, and there’s so many people that go undrafted and fall in,” said Lin.

“It’s just to me, it’s a benchmark for where you are today but it is not at all an indicator of where you will be down the road,” he added.

Lin has the resume to support the claim as after a couple of years in the G League he found his way to the NBA through the New York Knicks where he caught the fans’ attention after a couple of breakout games in 2011.

Lin eventually bounced from teams to teams before finally winning a championship ring with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.

“I would also say, hey it’s okay, because you know who you are as a player and maybe if you just continue to show them over time, you will find a home and that’s the biggest thing. Draft night is just one snapshot in a very long film,” he added.

“And I just hope that [Kai] continues to believe in himself, stay confident, keep working hard, and just trust that as long as I stay consistent, I will find a home,” said Lin who shared the sentiments of majority of fans who rallied behind Sotto after his NBA dream took a turn to a much tougher road ahead.

Sotto, for his part, assured everyone that it won’t be the end of his NBA journey as he vows to do the best of his powers to finally set his foot in an NBA court and be the first homegrown Filipino to do so.

“Of course the dream is always to be in the NBA so I always have to do whatever it takes to get better, get stronger and to improve and this is just a speed bump. We didn’t get to plan A but we got plan B. I’m just not gonna stop. This is not a signal for me to stop but for me to keep on going,” said Sotto.