Returning from injury, Seoul SK Choi Jun-yong (29, 2m) does not know how to run fast.
Choi Jun-yong played for 28 minutes and 35 seconds in the 2022-23 professional basketball match against Wonju DB held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on the 4th, and made a big success with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block, including 3 3-point shots. With Choi Jun-yong at the forefront, SK recorded a 97-63 victory over DB, which had been shaken by a line injury.
Choi Jun-yong leads the team with SK franchise star Kim Seon-hyeong. Choi Jun-yong, who has a bubbly personality, has a strong bad boy image, but his basketball skills are unmistakable. He played in all regular league games (54 games) last season and averaged 16 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 blocks, and won the league MVP (Most Valuable Player).
This season has been off to a bad start. He returned on November 24 last year after suffering from plantar fasciitis. SK, which fell to 9th place before Choi Jun-yong’s return, later joined the fight for 2nd place with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses. As of the 4th, the ride between SK and 2nd place Ulsan Hyundai Mobis is only half the game. There is a 0.006 difference in win rate with Changwon LG in 3rd place without riding.
In the game on the 4th, Choi Jun-yong’s presence stood out. SK, who finished the first half with a 9-point lead, allowed DB to pursue for a while at the beginning of the 3rd quarter. DB attacked SK’s paint zone with Kim Hyun-ho and Dewan Hernandez at the fore. Then, with 5 minutes and 36 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, coach Jeon put Choi Bu-kyung in and started a ‘big line-up’ including 4 tall players. SK blocked the paint zone with height, and continued to hunt for points with the speed of the triangular formation of Kim Seon-hyung, Choi Jun-yong, and Warney. The score difference widened to 24 points. It was a strategy that was possible because there was Choi Jun-yong who could take care of the small forward.
After the game on the 4th, Choi Jun-yong laughed, saying, “SK is doing well because I came back,” and “As my body (condition) improves, the team’s performance seems to improve.”
What stood out as much as Seungri was the ‘chemistry’ with director Jeon Heechul. Coach Jeon Hee-chul, who took over as the first professional command tower last year, managed Choi Jun-yong intensively, saying, “The question marks of SK before the season are Warney, Choi Jun-yong, and Jeon Hee-chul.” Coach Jeon allows Choi Joon-yong to focus on basketball while maintaining a close relationship by exchanging jokes comfortably.
Before the game on the 4th, coach Jeon Hee-cheol warned, “We shouldn’t be vigilant because we have a statistic advantage over DB. We announced that if we play basketball like the All-Star game because the score gap is widening, we will be taken off the court.” Hu was delighted, saying, “The players did their best until the end.” 스포츠토토
Choi Jun-yong’s answer was a little different from director Jeon Hee-chul, who finished with a ‘model answer’. He said, “When I’m winning big, I want to do fun things (a player) (heart)” and said, “Then the coach gets very angry. He scolded me so much, so I focused on the end from the beginning to the end today and it led to good results.
” The condition is about 60-70%. I think I can raise it to 100% by the 5th round. I still don’t have a good shot balance and the soles of my feet are a little uncomfortable. There are times when I jump high and land and get scared. It will be better if it disappears.” Choi Jun-yong said, “I will show you why we were the winning team last season.” The goal for the rest of the season is to win. He said, “(Round) MVP is not greedy because I have done it before.