Currently, a total of 36 coaches in KBL and WKBL assist the coach of each team. While there are former star players, there are also coaches who have not received much attention as players. In this corner, I would like to introduce those who were not flashy players but succeeded as professional team coaches. The main character of the May issue is Anyang KGC coach Choi Seung-tae. Coach Choi Seung-tae, who finished his short career due to a chronic knee injury, left for coaching training in the United States at his own expense. After that, he started his leadership career by becoming a coach at Jeonju KCC. Having worked as a coach at Changwon LG, he joined Anyang KGC ahead of this season and assisted head coach Kim Sang-shik to help win the regular league championship.
※This article was published in the May issue of Jump Ball, a basketball magazine.
Q First, how did you start playing basketball?
It was when I was in the 4th grade of elementary school. Coincidentally, while watching the broadcast of the basketball party, coach Heo Jae appeared. At that time, Busan Kia (now Ulsan Hyundai Mobis) was losing by 6 points with 1 minute left. However, coach Heo Jae scored 8 points within 50 seconds and won the match. After seeing that, I told his father that I wanted to play basketball.
Q During Yonsei University, you played together with Bang Seong-yoon and Lee Jeong-seok. He even won MVP his senior year.
When I was in 1st grade, (Bang) Sungyoon wasn’t there so I got the rookie award. And I got MVP in my junior year. Basketball was so much fun back then. It was to the point of winning a practice match against a pro team. 카지노사이트 And overall, there are many good players on the college stage, so I think I had fun playing the game.
Q After finishing your junior year, you participated in the 2004 KBL rookie draft as an early entry. Was there a special reason?
At that time, the Yonsei University members were very good. And my personal circumstances were difficult. Because when I went pro, I could get an advance payment. Everyone around me told me that I was good at basketball, so I participated in the rookie draft thinking that I would be selected.
Q You joined KCC with the 7th pick in the 1st round of the rookie draft.
I have suffered from a knee injury since I was in high school. Even after coming to Yonsei University, both cruciate ligaments ruptured once, so I underwent two major surgeries. I thought if it wasn’t for the injury, I could have been picked in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. Considering the injury, there was some regret about the nominations. Still, there are good people like Cho Sung-won and Choo Seung-gyun on the team, so I learned a lot. I think my view of basketball has also grown.