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"Super Team" Busan KCC has installed a new engine. Alize Johnson (28, KCC), who is the MVP of the Cup tournament.

If you're an NBA fan, Johnson is a familiar face. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 50th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Since then, "Junny Man" Johnson, who has traveled to Brooklyn, Chicago, Washington, and New Orleans, has not been able to establish himself in the NBA. Having played in the G League since 2022, he eventually chose KBL as his first overseas league.

Johnson, who is two meters tall and athletic, is a typical forward. After joining KCC, Johnson took advantage of Ra Gun-ah's poor condition to become the main player. Johnson raged in the Cup. In the semifinals with KT, Johnson exploded a whopping 40 points, setting a new record for most points in a cup tournament. Johnson, who also scored 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists against Hyundai Mobis in the final, won the MVP award.

When asked how he felt about winning the MVP award, Johnson said, "Thank you to my colleagues. It made me feel at ease. It's my first time living abroad in Korea, so I feel comfortable and come home to play. I give credit to my acquaintances, saying, "GFRIEND makes me comfortable, too."

KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin said, "This is okay because my young friend came overseas for the first time. When I pointed out that I was forced to go in, he said, "I want to be a hero with an exciting game." He accepts 100% of the coaching staff's words and has good physical strength. However, he praised him, saying, "We need to show activism in the future."

Johnson looks like NBA star Jimmy Butler. She has different styles, but she has excellent athletic abilities like Butler. When asked if he looked like Butler, Johnson said, "Even in the U.S., people said he looked like Butler since college. It feels good to be compared to such a good player. Not only their faces but also their physical conditions are similar. I'm just gonna play my game. If there is a similarity with Butler, he is trying to win. I feel good to hear that from Korea," he said with a smile.

In fact, Johnson has a connection with Butler. "I've been invited to Butler's LA home and met him ahead of the NBA draft. He taught me how to adapt to the NBA as a rookie and continue my career. He is also a good player," he said.

There is another reason why Johnson should play hard in Korea. It's because of GFRIEND GIGE. Asked by a reporter to introduce his girlfriend, Johnson said, "My girlfriend is coming to Korea with me and making sacrifices. I want to get married in the future," he said in a surprise confession.

I asked my girlfriend if she agreed with Johnson's idea. The girlfriend, who was listening next to me, was surprised and accepted the proposal, saying, "So am I."

Journalist also voted for Johnson as the MVP of the Cup. Ra Gun-ah, who returned from the national team, is not in good condition. Choi Joon-yong was also diagnosed with an internal muscle injury for four weeks. It is no exaggeration to say that KCC's performance depends on Johnson's performance.
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