‘No. 1 of misfortune’ Lee Jong-hyun, trade of tears… Should KCC spread its wings of resurrection?

Correspondent Moon Dae-hyeon = Center Lee Jong-hyeon (29), who was once promising enough to advance into the NBA, is moving his team again without overcoming sluggishness. This is a time when determination is needed.

On the 1st, Lee Jong-hyun was traded to Goyang Carrot and Jeonju KCC. After being traded from Ulsan Hyundai Mobis to Goyang Orion (predecessor of Carrot) in November 2020, it is a trade that I experience again in about two years and four months.

Lee Jong-hyun was once a great being. Lee Jong-hyun, born as the son of Lee Jun-ho, a former business player, received attention after passing through the prestigious basketball school Whimoon Middle School, Gyeongbok High School, and Korea University.

In 2014, when he was in college, he was selected as a member of the Incheon Asian Games national team and contributed to winning the gold medal. In the same year, at the Basketball World Cup, he ranked first in block shooting, proving his skills on the world stage.

Driven by his momentum, he participated in the 2015 NBA draft. As a result, he failed to advance, but it was clear that he was a player with great skills.

In the October 2016 KBL domestic rookie draft, he was nominated by Hyundai Mobis as the first overall pick. The scene where director Yoo Jae-hak, who was holding the baton at the time, cheered after Lee Jong-hyun was nominated, is still talked about.

For about two seasons after he joined the pro, he did his part with his powerful height, accurate shooting, and wide defensive radius.

However, at the end of the 2017-18 season, he suffered a major injury called an Achilles tendon rupture and began to twist. After rehabilitation, he wanted to recover from the injury, but later underwent surgery for a ruptured patella, and in the process, damage to the anterior cruciate ligament was also confirmed, and he was put on the operating table again.

After a long rehabilitation, he succeeded in returning in February 2020, but he could not show his skills as much as before. Eventually, Lee Jong-hyun was traded to Orion in November of that year.

Even in Orion, the injured evil spirit pursued him. In November 2021, he left the court for a while again due to shoulder ligament damage.

At the beginning of this season, when Orion changed to Carrot, he was given a lot of playing time with a healthy body, but there was no clear result. Lee Jong-hyun’s record for Carrot this season was only 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds on average in 24 games. 토토사이트

In the end, Carrot couldn’t wait for Lee Jong-hyun’s resurrection and chose to trade.

For Lee Jong-hyun, the second trade may hurt his pride, but if you think of it the other way around, it’s like getting a new opportunity.

In KCC, Lee Seung-hyun is positioned as the center, but Lee Jong-hyun can receive many opportunities as he is currently suffering from an elbow injury.

Even if Lee Seung-hyun returns, his burden is less. Lee Jong-hyun and Lee Seung-hyun have worked together for a considerable period of time at Korea University, national team, and Orion, so coexistence is possible. For Lee Jong-hyun, the ground has been prepared to spread the wings of his resurrection.

Lee Jong-hyun, who is basically considered to have enough talent, so regaining confidence is the most important thing.

It is necessary to have a mindset to forget all the glamorous glory and dark trials of his past and start anew with a new mind.

Now that he is no longer young, he needs to take the lead as a veteran. He must show the attitude of giving his best wherever he plays regardless of the time and position he plays. One of Lee Jong-hyun’s roles is to take care of the young players besides himself.

If Lee Jong-hyun, now in his 30s, proves his worth at KCC, albeit belatedly, he may face a second heyday. However, if he fails to take advantage of this opportunity, even the slightest hope left for Lee Jong-hyun may disappear.

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