‘Captain’ Yang Hee-jong (39, KGC) finished his 16-year career as a professional player with his fourth championship.
Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation overcame Seoul SK 100-97 after a close match that went to overtime in the ‘2022-2023 season SKT Adot Professional Basketball Championship Game 7’ held at Anyang Gymnasium on the 7th and won the championship. KGC became the main character of the ‘Triple Crown’ by winning the regular league and the East Asian Super League (EASL), followed by the championship.
It was the last game for Yang Hee-jong,카지노사이트a franchise star representing Anyang. It’s unfortunate that Yang Hee-jong, who ruptured his right shoulder ligaments, looked unlikely to be able to play in his final retirement game. Encouraging juniors from the bench throughout the series, he was the hidden driving force behind KGC’s victory.
Ahead of Game 7, KGC coach Kim Sang-sik said, “Yang Hee-jong is in a state where he can’t even lift his right arm. He added strength to the juniors just by being on the bench, so he was included in the roster. I will see the opportunity so that I can stand on the court for the last game.”
As the game went into a close match, Yang Hee-jong seemed to have no chance to step on the court. In the last game, Yang Hee-jong was satisfied with the supporting role of silently supporting his juniors, such as comforting the excited Oh Se-geun.
A miracle was created. At the end of overtime, KGC led 100-97 with 3 seconds remaining. After reading the video, KGC’s right to attack was declared. Director Kim Sang-sik directed a touching scene in which Yang Hee-jong was put in as a replacement. Yang Hui-jong took off the cast on his right shoulder and stepped onto the court for the last time. The match ended with KGC winning as it was.
After the game, Yang Hee-jong said, “I really wanted to play the last game. He has been greatly loved by Anyang fans for 16 years. It is right to hand over the seat to his juniors. I will keep and remember the love of the fans forever in my heart,” he said. Yang Hee-jong’s wish came true as he stepped on the court in the last minute of the championship. Yang Hee-jong poured out the hot tears he had been holding back.
From his amateur days, Yang Hee-jong drew attention as an ‘all-around forward’ who combined his offense and defense. In 2006, along with Kim Tae-sul, he was selected as a national representative from Yonsei University and led Korean basketball. Yang Hee-jong, who was nominated by KT&G, the predecessor of KGC, as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, played an active role as a forward representing professional basketball.
Yang Hee-jong, who showed excellent leadership while playing only in Anyang for 16 years, was rewarded with four championships. Yang Hee-jong, who was the best defender and hustler in the league, is now inherited by Moon Seong-gon. Yang Hee-jong was forever remembered by fans for his devoted play that did not give up. His strong heart shooting, which broke out in every big game such as the championship game and Asian Games final, was also a skill.Now, Yang Hee-jong is taking leadership lessons in earnest. He opened his second life wide, saying, “I decided to leave for leadership training in California, USA.