Bad news overlapped.
Jeonju KCC, which had a series of power leaks, faced the biggest crisis of the season. Two key domestic players missed consecutively due to injuries, and even foreign player Ronde Hollis Jefferson (28) left the team.
KCC announced Jefferson’s withdrawal ahead of the away game against Suwon KT in the ‘2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball’ held at Suwon KT Sonicboom Arena on the 12th. After breaking up with Jefferson, who showed extreme ups and downs this season, for the time being, Laguna will run the foreign team as a single person. A substitute foreign player will be selected by taking advantage of the A-match break that will be given soon.
What is more urgent than Jefferson’s expulsion is the vacancy of Heo Woong (30), the main gun. Heo Ung suffered an ankle injury during a home game against Ulsan Hyundai Mobis at Jeonju Gymnasium on the 9th. He broke his right ankle in the process of landing after a shot with 6 minutes and 52 seconds left at the end of the second quarter. As a result of a detailed diagnosis on the 10th, an ankle ligament rupture was found. KCC said, “Two ankle ligaments were torn, and a diagnosis was made that it would take about eight weeks to recover.” 메이저놀이터
The regular season this season ends on March 29th. Not being able to stand on the court for eight weeks means ‘season out’. Depending on the speed of recovery, he may return to the court earlier than this, but it is not easy to return to the regular league in his current physical condition.
Literally, all of the ‘tea and pho’ are missing. Prior to Heo Woong, on the 24th of last month, Lee Seung-hyun (31), another key player, suffered an elbow injury. After being diagnosed for 4 weeks, Lee Seung-hyun is concentrating on recovery with the goal of returning at the end of February.
Heo Woong and Lee Seung-hyun wore KCC uniforms as free agents (FA) ahead of this season. After both joined with a large contract worth 750 million won in total compensation, they have been active as the core of the team’s power. However, in a situation where the ranking competition is in full swing, everyone is unable to stand on the court due to bad news of injury.
KCC’s battle for 6th place has literally turned on a red light. To make matters worse, they lost 73-86 against KT on the 12th and fell from 6th to 7th (17 wins and 22 losses). It is not easy to find a breakthrough. After taking a 4-day break, KCC faces leader Anyang KGC on the 17th.