This is the general opinion of Goyang Carrot coach Kim Seung-gi, who finished the first leg of the playoff in the round of 6 against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis on the 2nd. That would also be the case, Carrot played a completely different game in the process of losing 71-86.
In the regular league, he was so good at outside shooting that he even earned the nickname ‘archery basketball’, but in the first match, he showed extreme shooting difficulties. In the 3-point shot, Carrot succeeded 5 out of 36 (success rate 14%), and Hyundai Mobis succeeded 11 out of 32 (success rate 34%), so there was no Carrot in the regular league.
Signboard shooter Jeon Seong-hyun was out due to injury, and although Hyundai Mobis’ well-prepared defense was good, the players’ play did not take advantage of their strengths. Carrot, who had been anxious from the beginning of the first quarter, entered the path of defeat early, trailing by more than 20 points in the third quarter. Since the game was such a mess from the first game, the bench was about to explode. Director Kim, who doesn’t hesitate to speak bitterly about strong characters, was all the more worthy.
However, director Kim did not have a ‘barrack’ that was unique to him that day. But that didn’t mean giving up, and he even looked gentle as if he had put everything down and had a philosophical view.
“It’s okay even if (the shot) doesn’t go in. Keep creating chances.” This is what coach Kim said to the players after calling the operation time while trailing by a large margin.
He even joked with a player whose expression was hardened due to a series of failed shootings, saying, “Your face went white because you didn’t shoot a little… Oh my…, how old are you?” To the ace Lee Jung-hyun, who was sluggish at the beginning of the game but recovered his performance belatedly, he gave compliments mixed with criticism, saying, “It would have been nice if you did this in the beginning,” but gave a ‘thumbs up’ when he was replaced at garbage time.
Why did director Kim, who wouldn’t be strange even if he ‘burst’, do that? This is because the players who reached 5th place with their performances that exceeded expectations in the regular league were proud and apologetic. During the regular season, coach Kim made a habit of saying, “I am grateful that our players jumped like this in a difficult situation. We have achieved more than our goal by sowing the seeds of hope for the next season.”
Carrot’s financial difficulties were a ‘bad news’ that plagued the team throughout the season. The players who are working on the PO without receiving salaries say “It’s okay” on the outside, but it’s worth knowing what’s going on inside. It is a pity for the coach that he can not give such players ‘carrots (carrots)’ and cannot lift a ‘whip’.
In addition, coach Kim was confident in counterattacking, so he was not shaken by the complete loss in the first game. Manager Kim, who usually said, “You can catch the team you want to catch if you want to,” is known to have found the secret to winning the remaining games in reverse in the process of losing the first game. 메이저놀이터
In the meantime, in his coaching career, he met Hyundai Mobis and PO three times and won all of them. Coach Kim boasts the highest PO win rate (67%) among all men’s professional basketball coaches. I wonder what kind of expression he will lead the bench in the second game.