“I wonder if this season has been very difficult… .”

The 2023 Professional Basketball Playoffs (PO) Media Day event held on the 31st of last month. At the time when the representative players of each team asked questions to their opponents, Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation guard Byun Jun-hyeong (27)토토사이트 asked Goyang Carrot Jumpers guard Lee Jeong-hyeon (24), 

Lee Jung-hyun lowered his head and suppressed a laugh. Kim Sang-shik, director of KGC, did the same. It was a moment of exquisite contrast with Kim Seung-gi, director of Goyang Carrot, who had no change in expression at all.

Byun Jun-hyeong had previously been coached by director Kim Seung-gi for four years. Coach Kim Seung-gi gave strict guidance, professing that he would “raise Byun Jun-hyung as the best guard in the league.”

Coach Kim Seung-gi, who was like that, took the lead of Goyang Carrot this season, and a new coach was selected. It was Lee Jung-hyun, the second-year guard. During the season, coach Kim Seung-gi said of Lee Jung-hyun, “I have to get scolded a lot in the future. I think Lee Jung-hyun will improve in all aspects in the future.” As Byun Jun-hyung, it’s a relationship that reminds me of myself in the past. At the time of Media Day, Byun Jun-hyung’s question itself was vague, but it could be seen as a question about how director Kim Seung-gi’s guidance was.

The two players will face off on the 13th in the professional basketball quarterfinals PO (3 out of 5 matches). It is a match between 1st place KGC and 5th place Carrot. In the opponent match, KGC leads with 4 wins and 2 losses. This is the reason why KGC, who won the ‘Wire to Wire’ championship by maintaining first place throughout the season, is expected to dominate.

Attention is focused on the performance of Byun Jun-hyung, who played the MVP race. Byun Jun-hyung’s regular season average was 14.1 points, 5 assists, 47.8% field goal rate, and 34.7% 3-point success rate. He was very active in the regular season as well as in the East Asian Super League (EASL), winning two championship trophies to the team. He also came in second in regular season MVP voting (43 out of 109 votes).

He did better against coach Kim Seung-gi’s Carrot. Byun Jun-hyeong boasted a ‘hot hand’ that exceeded his personal season average with an average of 16 points, 5.8 assists, a field goal rate of 62.3%, and a 3-point success rate of 35.3% over 5 games against Carrot. He played an active role as the ‘best guard’ as coach Kim Seung-gi had proclaimed in the past.

Carrot’s key player is definitely Lee Jung-hyun. Although his regular season against KGC was somewhat sluggish, his performance in the PO of the 6th round just before was amazing. Lee Jung-hyun played an active PO MVP level, recording an average of 24 points, 2.8 assists, and a field goal rate of 44.8% in 5 PO games in the 6th round against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis. 

In the video released on Anyang KGC YouTube on the 1st, there is also a content that Byun Jun-hyung and Lee Jung-hyun share a sad conversation after the Media Day event. Lee Jung-hyun approaches Byun Jun-hyung first. Byun Jun-hyeong immediately said, “I asked if it was physically difficult.” Lee Jung-hyun said, “Oh, is that so? Was it difficult for you?” he asks. Byun Jun-hyung also turned his head and avoided the answer.

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