Samsung and DB also suggested it… The reason Choi Jun-yong chose KCC￼
- on May 22, 2023
The dream of winning a championship with a close colleague and advancing to the United States became the decisive background for the choice.
Choi Jun-yong goes to Jeonju KCC. KCC officially announced the recruitment of Choi Jun-yong on the 21st. The conditions are a five-year contract period and a total remuneration of KRW 600 million (annual salary of KRW 420 million / incentive of KRW 180 million).
From Heo Woong, Lee Seung-hyun, La Gun-ah to Choi Jun-yong. In addition, at the beginning of next season, Song Gyo-chang will return from business. KCC now has four national team players for each position at the same time.
Choi Jun-yong was the biggest player in the FA (free agent) market this time. He is a 2m tall forward with a point guard-level pass sense and the ability to lead the game. He also scores and defends above average if he puts his mind to it.
He was born in 1994 and is just beginning his prime. However, it was difficult to deal with because of his unpredictable personality and mental issues.
His team, Seoul SK, caught Oh Se-geun, another free agent. Realistically, it was difficult to catch even Choi Jun-yong.
Last season, Seoul Samsung and Wonju DB, which were in the lower ranks, ranked 10th and 7th, respectively, approached Choi Jun-yong. In particular, Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok coached Choi Jun-yong when he was coach at Yonsei University in the past. This is the reason why there were not a few people who predicted Choi Jun-yong’s move to Samsung even before the FA market opened.
As a result, Choi Jun-yong’s decision was KCC. First of all, having Heo Woong, who I played with at Yonsei University, and La Gun-ah, my best friend in the national team, played a big role.
Also, the chances of winning were high. Samsung and DB cannot be relieved of even advancing to the playoffs next season even if Choi Jun-yong goes right away. At a press conference on the 22nd, Choi Jun-yong said, “I want to become a basketball king. That’s why I chose KCC. I will make KCC a king.”
The direct reason is to enter the United States. Choi Jun-yong said, “I chose KCC because of my dream. I always wanted to go to the United States. KCC respected my dream. The word that it helped my dream had a big impact.”메이저놀이터
In terms of power alone, KCC, along with SK, is the closest to winning. But there are many variables.
KCC was strong last season as well. Nevertheless, due to injuries sustained by rotation of key players, they managed to make it to the playoffs by finishing 6th in the regular season.
As I said before, Choi Jun-yong is not an easy player to handle. It’s like a double-edged sword.
The leader who taught Choi Jun-yong and the people around him all expressed their difficulties. It remains to be seen whether KCC will achieve results as expected.