Captain Lee Jung Hyun’s view of Samsung

The Seoul Samsung Thunder won 73-60 against the Anyang Jeonggwanjang Red Boosters in the 2023-2024 professional basketball regular league held at Jamsil Gymnasium on the 13th.

For the first time this season, Samsung Electronics beat the leader of the league. Captain Lee Jung-hyun led the team’s offense with 10 points, six rebounds, and nine assists. He also showed passion in defense by recording four steals.

Lee said, “I’ve never beaten Chung in this season. In the last game of the break game, I tried to pour out everything. I think all the players did their part and the opponents were not in good condition. I’m positive that our performance has improved.”

Acting coach Kim Hyo-beom said in an interview before the game that the increase in training for the 5-5 game seems to be working.

Lee Jung-hyun also said, “He likes to practice like it is in a real match. It is working well by playing transition games and 5:5 games. Live games seem to be more effective than training, which might be a bit boring for foreign players, too. I think our team has a lot of young players, so they keep doing it.”

Acting head coach Kim Hyo-beom continues to stress that it is most important to eliminate the sense of defeat for the team.

Lee Jung-hyun said, “The biggest problem is the sense of defeat. I thought I would lose because I haven’t won a lot of games, and I gave up a lot when it happened. I tried a lot to shake off the previous coach’s presence, but as time passed, I think he has accepted and adjusted.”

“I think it’s getting better little by little. We have four wins and two losses in the fifth round, but we have a long way to go to the semifinals, but if we continue to do well until the end of the season, I think younger players will grow further next season,” he said. “Round five or six is important.”

As Lee Jung-hyun said, Samsung is on the rise in the fifth round. What factors contribute to this.

Lee Jung-hyun said, “Kofi Coburn’s physical strength has come up after the injury. There are many derivative effects because there are no players who can stop him under the basketball. Now, the basketball coach Kim Hyo-beom is pursuing is coming out. There were a lot of runs because he had little experience in defense, but it was effective when he simply changed it, and his understanding of switch defense has improved. At the same time, the performance is going equally by reducing the number of runs,” he explained.


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