“If I talk about this, the KBL (Korea Professional Basketball League) will curse me, but I hope they curse and change me.”
When the number of games came up, Choi Jun-yong seemed determined to open his mouth. It was immediately after the match between Seoul SK and Daegu Korea Gas Corporation held at the Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on the 11th.
Choi Jun-yong entered the interview room as a distinguished player who led SK’s victory. I asked Choi Jun-yong, “SK plays 6 games in 9 days, including this day. I wonder if there is any physical burden on the players.”
Choi Jun-yong said, “There are only 10 teams in the KBL, but 54 games are played. Compared to other countries, the number of games is too many. The schedule is really tight. come out,” he said.
He wasn’t shy like his usual personality. Heo Woong of Jeonju KCC, who suffered a serious injury of ankle ligament rupture during a recent game, said that he felt sorry for the injured players who continued to appear.
“I hope the players don’t get hurt. I prepared for the season without missing a day for a year, but it’s really hard mentally when I get hurt. It’s hard to see players who keep getting hurt. I hope KBL pays attention to these points. If I leave) KBL will curse at me, but I want them to curse at me and change it. It’s ridiculous to play 54 games from October to March of the following year.”
As Choi Jun-yong said, the KBL has too many games worldwide. The only leagues with more regular season games than Korea are the NBA (American Professional Basketball), which plays 82 games, and the Japanese B. League, which plays 60 games.
However, in the NBA, player management is thorough at the club level, such as removing key players from the second back-to-back game. In Japan, there is a limit on the number of matches a team can play per week. Because of the immediate results, the players are more fatigued in Korea, where they give their all in every game and have a tight game schedule. 온라인바카라
The controversy over the number of matches has been raised for a long time, but nothing has changed. Rather, with the establishment of the KBL Cup and the East Asian Super League, the number of games players have to play per year has increased.
Dissatisfaction with the number of games has been erupting in the professional basketball scene for a long time. Due to the non-stop game schedule, players lose their stamina and are exposed to the risk of injury, and their performance plummets at the end of the season. These days, there are voices among basketball fans that the number of games should be reduced.
Choi Jun-yong said, “Not only our team, but other teams also have a lot of back-to-back matches. After the cup competition, the season starts right away, and if we play until the playoffs and championships, we take a break for two months and then work out again. I don’t think about the players who get hurt. They say it’s a mental battle, but I don’t want to do it while overexerting my body like this.