Kim Jong-kyu (DB), who has played for the national men’s basketball team since 2011, voiced his voice through social networking services (SNS), which was unusual in October last year.
At the time, Kim Jong-kyu said, “Korea’s basketball is not the end,” and asked, “The Korea Basketball Association to help the juniors a little more.”
Veteran Kim Jong-kyu expressed his sincerity at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games as the national team performed the worst ever and the expression of “disaster” was mentioned in the media.
The atmosphere of the national team was so dark that Kim Jong-kyu actually expressed his position close to an open apology. The seventh place in the Hangzhou Asian Games by the national team is the lowest ranking ever.
Fans were particularly upset by their poor performance, meeting China in the quarterfinals, which beat China by 12 points at the FIBA Asia Cup in July 2022, and losing completely by 23 points at one point.
Kim Jong-kyu, who remembered his failure at this time, succeeded in recovering his skills that seemed to have fallen in recent years in the 2023-2024 professional 헤라카지노도메인 basketball regular league, which opened shortly after the tournament.
Kim Jong-kyu played in 36 games this season, posting an average of 12.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. His field goal success rate is 62.2 percent, the highest since his professional debut.
Kim Jong-kyu, who succeeded in rebounding, had another chance. He was listed on the preliminary list of the new national team under coach Ahn Joon-ho.
Kim Jong-kyu dreams of being included in the 12-man list for the 2025 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, which will be held in a home-and-away manner from the 22nd to the 25th of next month.
Korean basketball has always had a hard time setting up its “best performance” due to the continuous rise of key players when the national team games are held.
Kim Jong-kyu has been keeping the Korean basketball under the basketball team by “going school” to the national team, risking some injuries.
Kim Jong-kyu, who met with reporters after an away game (108-75 DB win) with Seoul Samsung on the 30th, stressed that being selected for the national team is always a valuable opportunity for him.
Kim Jong-kyu said, “I’m not sure if I’ll be finally selected, but being selected as a national team member is the most proud thing as a basketball player,” adding, “It’s always an honor and something to be grateful for.”
“The coach has changed, too. I don’t know which player will be selected, but all of our players will have their own strengths, and I think they will be selected based on this,” he added. “I think I can do well. I’m looking forward to it.”