KT Sonic Boom coach Song Young-jin “We will lay the foundation for a prestigious team with fast basketball”

“In my third season in Suwon, I will prepare well for the new season to lay the foundation for a leap to a prestigious team by settling down and performing steadily.”

“I will prepare well with the staff and players to achieve a new leap forward by reliving the pain of not reaching the postseason in five seasons as a favorite last season,” said Song Young-jin (45), who is preparing for his first season as the new head coach of the Suwon KT Sonic Boom in professional basketball.

Song, who has been training for the 2023-2024 season at the KT Victory Center in Suwon since the first of this month, said, “I feel a lot of pressure because of our poor performance last season, but I also have the confidence to do better. I want to communicate with the players and work together as a team to achieve great things this season.”

“Looking back at last year, the biggest disappointment was that the foreign players, who make up an absolute percentage of the team’s strength, did not meet our expectations, and our physical strength declined sharply in the second half of the season. To overcome this, we are planning to combine physical and tactical training rather than external practice games next month following this month’s physical training,” he said, emphasizing the need to strengthen physical fitness. To this end, the team plans to train on the track two to three times a week.안전놀이터

“We’ve got Moon Sung-gon (No. 1), Han Hee-won (No. 2), Choi Chang-jin (No. 4), and Jung Sung-woo (No. 6), all free agents who occupied the top spots in the 2015 draft. ”Defense is fundamental in fast-paced basketball,” he said, “and we need them to be the center of the team and set the tone. The chemistry between domestic and foreign players is important, so we are looking for (foreign) players who can integrate well into the team atmosphere as well as their skills.”

KT Sonic Boom players warm up before training at the KT Victory Center in Suwon on Nov. 15. Courtesy of KT Sonic Boom

“As second-year players, Ha Yun-ki, who played a good role last season, and rookie Lee Doo-won need to take a step forward as big men. Also, Dave Ildefonso (Philippines), who is playing his second season in the Asian quarter, will have to work harder to compete with domestic players in redundant positions.”

“We’re going to try to create a team atmosphere that is both serious and fun. At the beginning of our first training session, I asked the players to follow the tangible and intangible rules and to do their best for themselves and the team without deviating from the courtesy of basketball as they are professional players.”

In conclusion, Coach Song said, “We have gone through a transitional period in the past two years after moving to a new location, and we are at a starting point to make a new leap forward. The players and the front office will do their best together, and I hope that the fans will show more interest and support.”

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