Will the trade be a godsend?
Professional basketball Jeonju KCC won 87-64 in the 2022-2023 SKT Adot Professional Basketball regular league round 5 home game against Changwon LG held at Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium on the 5th.
KCC escaped from 5 consecutive losses with valuable victories. After a sluggish early season, KCC, which found stability from the 3rd round, finished the first half with two consecutive victories. However, after the All-Star break, it was a problem. He gave up 5 games, falling into an unknown slump along with extreme field fighting. 안전놀이터
KCC, which needed a turnaround, threw a win with a trade. On the 1st, Kim Jin-yong and Park Jae-hyun were sent to Carrot, Goyang, and Lee Jong-hyun was exchanged. It was the intention to add momentum to the fight in the round of 6 by filling the vacancy of big man Lee Seung-hyun, who left due to an elbow injury.
Lee Jong-hyun is a highly anticipated prospect who was selected for the national team even before his pro nomination. He was a center who could stir up the bottom of the goal based on his innate physical condition, such as a height of 203 cm and a wingspan of 223 cm. This is why he was nominated by Ulsan Hyundai Mobis as the first pick in the 2016 rookie draft.
However, the professional stage was not easy. Achilles tendon, shoulder, knee line injuries and insincere training attitude left regrets, and it was classified as a trade resource, so it was difficult to settle down. However, from the point of view of KCC, which lacks post resources, it was a card that could be fully considered. There was also an anticipation that Lee Jong-hyun, who had a close relationship with Lee Seung-hyun from Korea University, could revive with a sense of psychological stability.
Although it is just the beginning, KCC felt the effect from the first game. Lee Jong-hyun played as a backup center and recorded 4 points and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes and 42 seconds. He was responsible for the height with Laguna, who exploded by posting 32 points and 13 rebounds. When the bottom of the goal stabilized, the team’s ace, Heo Woong, shone with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, making a meaningful performance by defeating second place LG.
Lee Jong-hyun’s performance was not influential enough to dominate the game, but his joining was definitely the starting point for changing the atmosphere at KCC. KCC, which is competing for 6th place in the playoff line with Busan KT and Wonju DB, hopes that the Lee Jong-hyun card will be a godsend.