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Thirty-six-year-old Oh Se-geun stirs in the championship match “Cheering for my best friend Yeon-kyung if he has rejuvenated”

The person who dominates the professional basketball championship game this season is Oh Se-geun, a 36-year-old veteran center of Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation.

In the 7 out of 4 wins champ match, KGC lost the first game to Seoul SK and then won 2 in a row, leading with 2 wins and 1 loss. In the 3rd game held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul on the 29th, Oh Se-geun ran for 37 minutes and 5 seconds, the most of both teams, and scored 23 points, the most of both teams. He scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games following Game 1 (21 points) and Game 2 (21 points). He grabbed 11.3 rebounds per game, and his field goal success rate reached 65.2%.크크크벳

Yoo Jae-hak, general manager of Ulsan Hyundai Mobis, said, “At the center of KGC’s motion offense (organic movement and passing by five players) is Oh Se-geun, who penetrates the nine players on the court.” SK guard Kim Seon-hyeong (35), an alumnus of Chung-Ang University, said, “How is Se-geun hyung so good at barely jumping? At this rate, I think he will play until he is 50,” he admired.

On the 30th, when Kim Seon-hyung delivered his comment, Oh Se-geun smiled broadly, saying, “I still jump a lot,” and then said, “It is true that I gained momentum after undergoing major surgery on my ankles and knees, but I said that I gained experience and skill that others did not have. I think,” he said. In an attacking situation, Oh Se-geun appropriately finds an empty space and scores a mid-range shot or goal. When teammate Omari Spellman blocks Jamil Warney (SK), he goes into deep help defense and ‘cleansing (defenses with his hands)’. SK, which was trapped in a pressure defense centered on Oh Se-geun, significantly reduced the fast-forward transition (attack conversion) after the unique rebound. Kim Seon-hyung and Warney, who jointly scored 45 points in the first game, each scored less than 10 points in the second and third games.

Another nickname for Oh Se-geun, who is called ‘Lion King’, is ‘Geon Se-geun’. It is a nickname containing praise that ‘a healthy Oh Se-geun can’t stop anyone’, but it also contains regret about the frequent injuries that he played full-time in the regular league for only one season during the 11 professional seasons. Oh Se-geun said, “(due to a series of injuries) there is almost no cartilage in his knee. As a result of surgery, my body sometimes hurts when it rains,” he said. This season, there were many days when I first came out on the court before team training.” Oh Se-geun, who has three siblings, Ji-hoon, Si-eun (7), and Seung-hoon (6), said, “I felt more responsible as I experienced childrearing. He said, “If I had been alone without children, I wouldn’t have been able to play as hard as I do now.”

Oh Se-geun chose the number 41 following American Professional Basketball (NBA) Dirk Nowitzki (45, Germany). Nowitzki retired after playing 21 NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks until the age of 40. His goal is to play until the age of 41, just like his uniform number. After losing to SK in the championship match last season and stopping at the threshold of winning, he said, “I want to show that Oh Se-geun is still alive and well. There are three championship rings, and my goal is to wear one on each of my five fingers.”

Volleyball player Kim Yeon-kyung (Heungkuk Life Insurance) and Oh Se-geun, who are best friends, laughed awkwardly, saying, “Since they are both veterans, they tell each other that they have rejuvenated.” He continued, “Yeon-kyung, who was a world-class player and MVP, cheered me on, saying, ‘You must achieve the combined championship that I couldn’t achieve,’” revealing his desire to win this season.

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