Reporter Lee Eui-jin = Director Lee Sang-beom of the professional basketball Wonju DB voluntarily resigned for reasons such as poor health and poor performance, ending his 6-year partnership with the team.
DB announced on the 5th, “Director Lee announced his intention to resign on the 31st of last month and decided to accept it.”
According to the club, manager Lee explained his poor performance and personal health problems as the reason for his resignation.
Director Lee said, “I’m sorry that I couldn’t live up to the expectations of the fans and the club.”
Coach Lee, who resigned from Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation during the 2013-2014 season, succeeded former coach Kim Young-man in April 2017 and took the baton of DB.
At the time, he led DB, which was predicted to be in the lower ranks, to the regular league championship and was selected as the professional basketball manager of the year.
Currently, the team’s “legend” Kim Joo-seong and short-lived foreign player Deonte Burton, who are currently working as coaches, made it to the championship match, but unfortunately lost the championship to Seoul SK.
The following season finished in 8th place, but with the recruitment of national team center Kim Jong-gyu, the 2019-2020 regular season ended early due to a novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), and tied for first place with SK (28 wins, 15 losses), 2 Recaptured the director’s award after a year.
But it hasn’t seen the light since.
It finished the 2020-2021 2021-2022 season in 9th and 8th, and this season, which was aiming for a rebound, is also in 9th place with 11 wins and 18 losses.
The gap with the lowest ranked Seoul Samsung (10-18) is only half a game.
A series of bad news of injury caught Lee’s ankle.
DB, which climbed to second place in the first round, lost power as key players such as Kang Sang-jae and Dewan Hernandez were injured.
In particular, after losing six straight matches against Jeonju KCC on November 12 of last year, and the rankings plummeted, it has been tossing and turning in the middle and lower ranks.
Recently, even ace Doo Kyung-min left due to a knee injury and faced a more difficult situation.
Coach Lee said to reporters before the ‘Basketball Youngshin’ game held on the 31st of last month, when he announced his intention to resign, “As an injured player comes out every season, as a coach, I hope that there are no injured players more than other wishes.”
Head coach Kim Seong-cheol, who worked with Lee, is also stepping down.
Coach Kim said, “I will take responsibility for not assisting the coach properly.”
From the game against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis scheduled for the 7th, coach Kim Joo-seong will lead the team as acting manager. 안전놀이터
Coach Kim, who made his professional debut in the 2002-2003 season, led the team to victory in the championship match from his first season, and then played only under DB for 16 seasons.
Coach Kim Joo-seong, who led the team to win five regular league championships and three championship championships during his active career, is a franchise star who has won the regular league and playoff MVPs twice each.
After announcing his retirement from active duty in 2018, he has been with DB as a coach since 2019 after receiving leadership training in the United States.