KCC eyeing cup win… SK Daejeon in the mix
Sono’s performance is also a concern as he finds a new home
Head coaches of each club pose for a photo during the opening media day of the 2023-2024 professional basketball season at Olympia Hall at Olympic Parktel in Songpa-gu, Seoul, on Oct. 16. 2023.10.16/News1 ⓒ News1 By Donghae Lee Reporter
(SEOUL, Oct. 16) — The 2023-24 season of professional basketball, which will heat up winter courts, kicks off on Oct. 21. Busan KCC and Seoul SK are the favorites to win the title as the 10-team system returns with the addition of newcomer Goyang Sono.토스카지노
The 2023-24 Jeonggwanjang Professional Basketball League will kick off on March 21 with the official opening game between defending champions Anyang Jeonggwanjang and Seoul SK at Anyang Indoor Gymnasium, and will run for six months until March 31, 2023.
KCC is the favorite this season.
KCC, which previously had top-notch players such as Heo Woong, Lee Seung-hyun, and Ragan-ah, signed free agent Choi Jun-yong to become a super team. In addition, former coach Lee Sang-min was appointed as the coach of his hometown team, KCC.
At the end of August, KCC, which was preparing for the new season amid much attention, left Jeonju, where it had been based for 22 years, and moved to Busan.
The team’s performance remained solid amidst the controversy. KCC made a strong impression on fans by winning the 2023 MG Saemaul Bank KBL Cup, a rehearsal for the regular season, for the first time since its inception.
In addition to the performance of domestic players, KCC is considered the No. 1 favorite to win the championship, as new foreigner Alize DeShawn Johnson showed outstanding skills to be named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Cup.
KCC’s Seo Jung-hyun (left) and Choi Jun-yong wear new uniforms at the departure ceremony of the KCC Aegis basketball team held at Sajik Indoor Gymnasium in Dongnae-gu, Busan, on the afternoon of Sept. 25. 2023.9.25/News1 ⓒ News1 Reporter Yoon Il-ji
KCC’s main rival is Seoul SK.
They lost their ace Choi Jun-yong to KCC but filled the void by signing Oh Se-geun, who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in the championship game last season.
SK’s regular-season domestic MVP Kim Sun-hyung and foreign MVP Jamil Warney have been solid, and the team has been consistent enough to win and finish runner-up in the last two seasons.
The team is also fortunate to have Ahn Young-jun, who helped them win the 2021-22 title, returning from military service.
In his two seasons at the helm, SK head coach Jeon Hee-cheol has compiled a 76-32 record (70.4% winning percentage) in 108 games.
If he can rack up wins early this season, he could break the record for the fastest 100 regular-season wins in a season held by former managers Shin Hyun-woo and Kang Dong-hee (151 games).
Seoul SK Knights head coach Jeon Hee-chul watches players play during the 2023 KBL rookie tryout at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Songpa-gu, Seoul, on Sept. 21. 2023.9.21/News1 ⓒ News1 Reporter Kim Sung-jin
Changwon LG, which acquired Yang Hong-seok from Suwon KT, is also a force to be reckoned with, as is KT, which has defensive standout Moon Sung-gon in its No. 1 rookie Moon Jung-hyun and Heo Hoon returning from the military.
Sono is entering the league for the first time this season. The team was reborn as Carrot (Day One) in the Orions ahead of last season, only to be reborn a year later due to the parent group’s business troubles.
The Sono squad, including head coach Kim Seung-ki, captain Kim Kang-seon, and aces Jeon Sung-hyun and Lee Jung-hyun, are entering the league as a new team for the second consecutive season.
The team’s name may have changed again, but its performance is expected.
Last year, SONO defied expectations and made it to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. In the quarterfinals, they fell short of the championship against powerhouse Jung Kwan-jang, but they overcame their power disadvantage with organization, earning them the title of ‘moving basketball’.
The players, who were unable to receive meals due to business difficulties at the end of last season, have been able to focus on their training with the full support of SONO, which has a solid financial foundation, and it will be interesting to see what results they will achieve this season.