“Return” Choi Jun-yong spreads a positive atmosphere to “chic” KCC, “It’s hard, but I have to be bright to brighten up the other side.”
It’s only been three games since his return from injury, but he’s already showing off his unorthodox play. Busan KCC’s Choi Jun-yong (29) made his debut in front of the home fans with his best performance.
KCC won 78-69 at home against Goyang Sono in the second round of the 2023-2024 Korean Professional Basketball League at Sajik Indoor Gymnasium in Busan on Sunday. This was a thrilling victory for KCC, which had recently lost four straight games, in front of its longtime Busan fans.토토사이트
Choi Jun-yong was the star of the show. He came off the bench to record his first double-double of the season with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes and 40 seconds of action. He started the first quarter scoreless, but ran wild from there and wreaked havoc on the opposition.
After winning the MVP award in 2021-22, Choi was sidelined by injuries last season, but he made waves in the ‘Air Conditioning League’ when he signed a five-year, 600 million won free agent contract with KCC ahead of this season. However, he suffered an injury in the KBL Cup in October, delaying the start of the season. Without him, KCC, with the likes of Ragan-ah, Lee Seung-hyun, and Heo Woong, performed somewhat slower than their pre-season expectations as a ‘super team’. However, he made a spectacular comeback with 22 points and four rebounds in an away game against Goyang Sono on the 12th.
He continued his performance today. In fact, it was even better than the previous two games. After an unremarkable first quarter, Choi came out firing on all cylinders in the second quarter, scoring 16 points. He dunked and played physical, even colliding with a cameraman while contesting a ball. The momentum didn’t slow down after that, and he became the number one contributor to the team’s victory.
After the game, KCC head coach Jeon Chang-jin said, “I think we need to be a little more serious in our approach to the game and have the attitude to finish the game,” but he also expressed his regret, saying, “I’m grateful that we played three games after resting with an injury. He played a lot of hours today, but it was good that he tried to break the losing streak.”
“My physical condition (after returning) is good as you can see,” Choi said. “When I go out on the court, I feel good when I see players like Lee Seung-hyun, Ragan-ah, Heo Woong, and Jung Chang-young. I’m having fun these days. But I’m the only one having fun, so people look at me strangely.” He also said, “It might be a little silly, but I want to brighten up the team atmosphere.”
Of course, it’s not an easy task. “It’s hard for me too. I’m always screaming on the court like I’m crazy, and I shouldn’t be, but I have to be cheerful,” he confessed. “I always try to control my mind when I’m on the court. If I’m bright, the other players will be bright. I try not to lose my focus,” he said, adding, “If I’m in a bad mood, it’s even worse if I’m dark. I want to give good energy to the players, whether they win or lose or fight outside.”