Lee Jung-hyun, a gold mine, is shaking.
Golden Buddha. It is a modifier representing Seoul Samsung Lee Jung-hyun. He has been guarding the court in every match without major injury since his debut season until now when he became a veteran. Lee Jung-hyun’s 564 consecutive appearances is a record that will remain in KBL history, which is still ongoing.
The reason why Lee Jung-Hyun is called Diamond is not simply because he stamped attendance at every game. Because of his steady performance, he is playing as the main axis of the team even at the age of 37. Except for the 2011-2012 season when he was a sixth man, he never missed a double-digit scoring average. His career averaged 29 minutes and 28 seconds in 564 games, 13.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
However, this season, Lee Jung-Hyeon, the Golden Buddha, is faltering. He is averaging 11.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, but his field goal percentage is only 32.5 percent. He has a 37.0% 2-point shooting percentage and a poor 3-point shooting percentage of 28.3%. All are career low records.
In round 4, the decline in scoring becomes even more pronounced. He averaged 24 minutes and 12 seconds in eight games, averaging 7.6 points per game. His two-point shooting success rate is 39.4 percent, which is higher than the season average, but his three-point shooting success rate is 19.4 percent. Over the course of four rounds he threw 31 three-pointers, making only six of them.
2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Professional Basketball Goyang Carrot and Samsung’s 4th round confrontation held at Goyang Gymnasium on the 30th. Before the game, Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok commented on Lee Jung-hyun’s poor field goal success rate, saying, “There is no physical burden. At the time when our team collapsed with an injury, (Lee) Jung-hyeon’s energy consumption was very large. At that time, the overall condition seems to have deteriorated. In addition, the losing streak is getting longer, so it seems that the burden is also intertwined.” 메이저놀이터
Even in the match against Carrot, Lee Jung-hyun did not survive. He stayed on the court for 32 minutes and 28 seconds, but only recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. After scoring 6 points in the first quarter, Yatoo missed the rim every time. He attempted five 3-pointers, all of which failed. Samsung lost 65-68 at the end of the match, and fell into a 13-game losing streak.
After the game, coach Eun Hee-seok said, “As you can see, Jeong Hyeon-i’s stamina has dropped a lot. As the oldest player in the team, he plays with enthusiasm, but his stamina is not enough. He says that giving him time off can further deteriorate his condition if he makes frequent substitutions. He said, “I think Jung Hyeon should think about what to do to improve his condition, and he should also talk about it.”
Although he has been sluggish recently, Lee Jung-hyun is still the core of the team. It seems that only when he succeeds in rebounding will Samsung be able to get out of its losing streak as soon as possible. Samsung fans are eagerly wanting the Geumgang Buddha to return to its original form.