“I said that we need to grow mentally” (Cho Dong-hyun, Hyundai Mobis coach)
“We need to adjust the atmosphere” (Kim Joo-seong, DB manager)
Ulsan Hyundai Mobis held the 2022-2023 SKT A.Dot professional basketball regular league at Ulsan Dongchun Gymnasium on the 7th. Meet Wonju DB.
Hyundai Mobis underwent changes after the end of the 2021-2022 season. The biggest change is the replacement of the command tower. Head coach Yoo Jae-hak, who led the team for over 18 years, changed his position to general manager, and head coach Jo Dong-hyun was promoted to the command tower.
Cho Dong-hyun, head coach of Hyundai Mobis, knows the team better than anyone else. He is trying to make use of the team’s strength (organization) and the roster’s propensity (high energy level-speed) made up of young players.
It wasn’t that there was no player reinforcement at all. Veteran guard Lee Hyeon-min (174cm, G) has retired, but RJ Avarientos (181cm, G), who was recruited through the Asia Quarter System, is creating synergy with Hyundai Mobis players with his passing sense and attack power. The honesty of Gage Prim (203cm, C) is also giving strength to Hyundai Mobis.
However, there is a jagged side. Hyundai Mobis has 1 win in the last 4 matches. It fell to 4th place alone (16 wins, 12 losses). To hit again, you need to grab the DB.
Hyundai Mobis coach Dong-Hyun Cho said before the game, “When the opponent is in a difficult situation, our team’s aggressiveness and concentration are low. It was the same with Carrot. Even though Carrot had five consecutive losses and played fondant games, our start was too easy.”
After that, “When it’s good, it’s so good, but when it goes down, it goes down too much. There is something I regret. He told the players, “You have to grow mentally as well.” If you’re like a veteran, you understand the difficulties of your opponent well. I always win against opponents who are in a difficult situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, DB fell into a losing streak again. You have to lift the mood.
DB faced a power change after the end of the 2021-2022 season. Heo Woong (185cm, G), who was the team’s ace, obtained FA status, and Yante Mayton (200cm, F), a foreign player with the first option, also advanced to Japan.
So DB brought Kyungmin Doo and Seon Albano Lee (185cm, G). I wanted the synergy of the two guards. Also, Kim Jong-gyu (206cm, C) and Kang Sang-jae (200cm, F) brought forwards to relieve the burden. It was Choi Seung-wook (195cm, F) who had a combination of activity, energy level and physical condition. 안전놀이터
However, DB faced the opening game of the 2022-2023 season with incomplete power. Both Gyeong-Min Doo and Chan-Hee Park (190cm, G) were unable to play on the court. This led to the burden of Albano. Albano worked hard until the end, but DB lost both the first two games.
However, after the home opening game, they showed a completely different performance. Round 1 ended with 6 wins and 3 losses. However, after losing all of their first six matches of the second round, DB’s mood subsided once again. 9th place with 11 wins and 18 losses. DB director Lee Sang-beom, who had been in charge for nearly four years, voluntarily resigned. Head coach Kim Seong-chul also resigned. Coach Kim Joo-seong has to fill the position as acting manager.
Acting DB coach Kim Joo-seong said before the game, “The players played 5 games in 10 days. The atmosphere is down. We worked out together for about two days, but I will try to improve the atmosphere by communicating even a little more.”
He continued, “In a little while, it will be the All-Star break. Until then, you have to play well. I plan to talk in-depth about what to do at that time. There are a lot of conceded points, so I plan to talk about the defense side.”