Lee Dae-seong with a broken wrist “I can’t give up on spring basketball”
“Brother, did you become the MVP of the round?”
Lee Dae-seong (33, Korea Gas Corporation) did not believe it when he heard the news from his wife Son Geun-hye (32) that he had been selected as the MVP of the 4th round of professional basketball this season. This is because Lee Dae-seong scored an average of 20.7 points in 9 games in the 4th round, leading the domestic player in scoring, but Korea Gas Corporation finished 9th out of 10 teams with 2 wins and 7 losses.
Lee Dae-seong is the first MVP to come out of a team with two wins in one round since the 2015-2016 season when the Korean Basketball League (KBL) introduced the round MVP system. Jeon Seong-hyeon (32) of Carrot was the only player on a team with a round winning rate of less than 50% to receive the MVP award.
In a phone interview on the 7th, the day after he was selected as the round MVP, Lee Dae-seong said, “It is true that I was comforted by the news of the MVP selection,” but “I am not as happy as I was in the 2018-2019 season when I became the first round MVP. At that time, his team, Hyundai Mobis, was number 1 in the league, so he could be grateful to the fullest, but now, because of the team’s performance, it is embarrassing to win the MVP award.”
KOGAS, which finished the 4th round with 4 consecutive losses, suffered 2 consecutive losses in the 5th round, and has fallen to 9th place in the league with a season record of 13 wins and 25 losses (0.342 win rate). Lee Dae-sung is continuing to travel to all games this season, enduring with painkillers he received from the hospital in order for the team to advance to the playoffs in the round of 6. On December 16 last year, Daesung Lee suffered an injury to his right wrist while attempting a layup shot in a game against LG. Lee Dae-sung said, “He originally had an incontinence on his wrist, but that day he broke it completely.” The hospital recommended surgery, but Lee Dae-sung did not break his stubbornness, saying, “I will have surgery after the season is over.”
Lee Dae-seong, who is stepping on the court skipping shooting practice before the game because of wrist pain, said, “Every time I shoot, it feels like my bones are breaking.” I’m glad I can tolerate the pain.”
Yoo Do-hoon, director of Korea Gas Corporation (56), could not hide his regret. Coach Yoo said, “I also got injured in the same area as Daesung when I was a player, so I can guess how painful it is. If the surgery is too late, necrosis may progress at the injured area, but he has a very strong will to ‘don’t want to end the season like this’. He said, “As a manager, I’m sorry.”
As of the 9th, Korea Gas Corporation is 4 games behind 6th place KCC, which is the final line to advance to the semifinal playoffs, but Lee Dae-seong is not giving up hope. Korea Gas Corporation has 16 games remaining out of 54 games in the regular season. Lee Dae-seong said, “There were a lot of players I got to work with for the first time this season, so it was difficult at the beginning of the season. In the 3rd and 4th rounds, the content of the match improved. He said, “I will get better in the 5th and 6th rounds,” and “I definitely want to go to the playoffs and laugh with my teammates.” 안전놀이터