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“Because they are good at basketball, the motion offense and flex were created after listening to each player’s story about what they wanted and pursued in basketball.”
Busan KCC recorded its 4th win (7th loss) by defeating Ulsan Hyundai Mobis 91-84 in the 2023-2024 CheongKwanJang Professional Basketball home game held at Busan Sajik Gymnasium on the 27th.
Heo Woong was at the center of the attack, scoring 21 points, to the point where KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin praised him for being perfect. Alize Johnson (19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists), Choi Jun-yong (17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists), Lee Ho-hyun (10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Song Kyo-chang (9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), and La Gun-ah (6 points) 10 rebounds) played evenly and achieved a valuable victory.
The following is a Q&A from the press conference of Heo Woong, who scored 20+ points for the third time this season.
Thoughts on victory
We always had performances like this (falling to 8th place) with good players, so the coaching staff was worried. I feel good because it seems to have improved a little.
This means that there are still areas that need to be improved. Which should be better?
I think there are no holes in any player's ability, there are many good players, and the players coming in as backups are also good. We talked a lot among the players about how we could maximize their abilities and performance. If you look at today's (27th) attack, as you can see, they used flex and motion offense. Since there are 5 players who are good at basketball, when they play motion offense, they look at the defensive situation and score points through their movements, and in the opposite movement, the players' movements according to certain situations improve because they are good at basketball, so they score evenly like this. I think I did it.
I was motivated from the beginning of the game. Did you have the mindset to perform as an ace today?
There was no such thing. When we had a meeting the day before (the 26th), there was clearly something the coach wanted, but there was also something the players wanted exactly. Because they are good basketball players, they have individual opinions. The best thing about our players is that there are no unique players. The players work well together, and their personal lives get along well. We decided to do this, and it ended up working out well. In the future, it will get better if we focus more on the basketball part, rather than saying things like, let's work hard, let's concentrate, let's grit our teeth and do it.
Does this mean that talking about basketball more than talking about things other than basketball was effective?
Let's all work hard even if we lose because the game is not going well. This is a story that even players who are new to basketball can say. I don’t think the fundamental part will improve by doing this. Since these players are good at basketball, the motion offense and flex were created after listening to each person's story about what they wanted and pursued in basketball. Since it is basketball where 5 players move organically, no one person can be greedy, and if he moves well, he gets the points, and we want to pursue the ideal basketball where all 5 players can move.
There was a lot of talk about (KCC) allowing (a lot) 3-point shots.
The coach always emphasized under defense. He adopted the tactic of giving a slice to a player without a shot, continuing the under and giving him a shot. Even if he doesn't have a shot, that's a 3-pointer. That's why I think there are two defenses we can play best. If numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 are all tall players in the lineup, anyone can play comfortable basketball like today through switch defense. Another thing is hedgeback, which is basic basketball. If you play hedgeback, the (opponent) guard will be able to play. It is not easy to shoot past the hedge defense. I think it would be ideal to have just those two defenses. I think we haven't practiced much and haven't adjusted to the tactical part yet. The players are most confident that they will continue to use three types of defensive tactics: switch defense, hedge back, and zone defense.
It feels like the players tried to keep Johnson alive, and Johnson also played basketball more energetically.
Johnson has always played basketball that way. Since he is a foreign player, it is right that we have to adjust accordingly. What Choi Jun-yong said was to maintain spacing no matter who is attacking, and have two players accurately guard the corner. This was our attack. If you protect the corner accurately and widen the spacing, there will be space for Johnson to hit one dribble, two dribbles, and three dribbles. Precisely protecting the corner was our mission.
All advanced basketball teams play spacing basketball and use organic motion offense. Since all 5 players are good at basketball, anyone can play 2-on-2, anyone can create a chance, and anyone can pass, so if we continue to improve on these aspects, it will be difficult for the opposing team (playing against KCC). Going on a fast break in defense. The challenge is to quickly find our team color.
The next game (30th vs. KT) is the first match of the season with Heo Hoon.
There is no resolution. Rather than playing basketball according to the opponent's defense or blocking someone before entering the game, it is more important to figure out how the opponent will block (KCC) and who will block them when we enter the game. Rather than playing trap defense or doing something like that when blocking Heo Hoon or doing something like that, if we just play basketball naturally, the opponent will be drawn to us, and I definitely think we can't be dragged around by the opponent. Because everyone is good at basketball like today, no player is greedy. So, I think we will have a more detailed discussion with Lee Seung-hyun and Laguna about basketball so that these players can regain their skills and do well, and we will become a stronger team.
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