The Korean men’s basketball team takes the first step toward regaining its honor at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
The men’s basketball team, led by coach Chu Il-seung, will begin its long journey with the first match of Group D against Indonesia at 6:30 pm (Korean time) on the 26th at Zhejiang University Zijingang Campus in Hangzhou, China. They will then face Qatar on the 28th and Japan on the 30th, leading to the quarterfinals.
Korea will attempt to win the gold medal in this tournament for the fifth time in total and for the first time in nine years since the 2014 Incheon Games.
Our national team developed a new strategy, with Korea’s best forward Oh토토사이트 Se-geun (SK), defender Moon Seong-gon (KT), and even Song Kyo-chang (Sangmu), who had established himself as the core of the offense and defense, out of injury.
Coach Chu announced a switch from forward basketball, which he preferred, to guard basketball, selecting Byun Jun-hyung (executive director) as a replacement resource.
Last season’s regular league Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kim Seon-hyung, Heo Hoon (Managing Director), and Lee Woo-seok (Hyundai Mobis) form the main team, and Korea’s best shooter Jeon Seong-hyeon (Sono) is also expected to contribute.
The conditions for regaining the gold medal for the first time in 9 years are not bad. Prior to the Asian Games, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup will be held, with strong players either absent or participating without key players.
Japan, which secured qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics, was missing key players who participated in the World Cup in this tournament. Lebanon, last year’s FIBA Asia Cup runner-up, did not send its national team to the Asian Games due to domestic schedules. Lebanon, led by Wael Arazi, who is considered the best guard in Asia, boasts the strongest military power in Asia, but will not participate in this tournament.
China’s center Zhou Qi also left the team due to an injury suffered during the World Cup, and Iran’s overall strength dropped significantly due to the retirement of 218cm center Hamed Haddadi.
Jordan is considered a candidate to compete with Korea for the championship.
Jordan’s strength was further strengthened by the addition of Ronde Hollis-Jefferson, a former NBA player who also played in the KBL last season, as a naturalized player.