Veteran forwards Yun Ho-young (39, Wonju DB) and Kim Young-hwan (39, Suwon KT) finished their careers as players. Both plan to transform into leaders and open up a second basketball career.
The DB club announced Yun Ho-young’s retirement on the 10th. Joining DB with the third overall pick in the 2008 rookie draft, he kept the green uniform without transferring for 16 years. He played in 516 regular league games, averaging 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He was in charge of the so-called ‘DB Sanseong’ and contributed to the team’s three regular league championships. Thanks to DB’s decisive contribution to winning the regular league in the shortest period of time, setting new records for the most wins (44 wins) and the most consecutive wins (16 wins) in KBL’s 2011-2012 season, he was also awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the regular league. Yun Ho-young plans to go to the United States for basketball training. DB supported his training and respected the ‘one club man’.
Yoon Ho-young said, “Thanks to my loving family and the fans who always supported me, I was able to enjoy basketball so far.” “I decided that now is the right time to retire.”
On the same day, the KT club also announced the news of Kim Young-hwan’s retirement. KT said, “Kim Young-hwan is ending his 17-year career as a player. He signed a coaching contract and will be with the team for the next season.” 토스카지노
Kim Young-hwan started his professional life after being nominated as the 8th overall pick in the 2007 rookie draft, which was called the best ‘golden draft’ in KBL history. Having continued his career as a player at KT and Changwon LG, he participated in a total of 665 games over 16 seasons and raised an average of 8.9 points. He was well known for his leadership and diligence, including serving as the captain for a long time. From the 2023-2024 season, he will assist KT’s new head coach Song Young-jin as a coach rather than a player.
Kim Young-hwan said, “It is an honor to finish my career as a player in the team where I started my professional life. He is grateful to the club and coach for giving him the opportunity to follow the path of a leader he has always dreamed of. I am finishing my career as a player, but I will try to grow further as a leader at KT.”