Kim Jong-kyu Appeals to Basketball Association: “Korean Basketball Isn’t Over…Help the Younger Generation”
On June 6, Kim Jong-kyu posted a post on his Instagram that began, “I’m so grateful and sorry to the fans who have loved and supported Korean basketball.”
“From the age of 21 until now, I have never thought of this position as light, and it has always been a burden and hard work,” he said.
“It wasn’t a position I wanted to do, and it wasn’t a position I didn’t want to do,” he added.
“I tried to do my best because I thought it could be my last time, but I realized that I fell short,” said Kim Jong-kyu, reflecting on the Asian Games.
“I don’t mind, but there is something I would like to ask…” he said, adding, “This is not the end of Korean basketball. I think we need to reflect now and feel what went wrong.”
“The KBA should do a little more for the juniors…” he continued, “I don’t want much, just a little more care and help them to be competitive!!!” he added.
“We will do it next…” he concluded, “I’m sorry and thank you again.”
The South Korean men’s basketball team went into the Asian Games with the goal of winning gold, defeating Indonesia and Qatar in the preliminary round before falling to Japan.
In the quarterfinals, they defeated Bahrain to advance to the semifinals, where they fell short against China.
The Korean team also shocked Iran in the fifth through eighth place match.
In the 7th-8th place match on the same day, they beat Japan by 19 points to finish seventh.
Kim Jong-kyu was born in 1991 and is 32 years old. He turned pro in 2013 with the first pick of the first round of the draft and was a member of the men’s basketball gold medal team at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. 스포츠토토