Will Myeong-kwan Lee, the ‘Godfather LeBron’, be able to seize the opportunity given to him?
Lee Myung-gwan participated in the 2022-23 Shinhan Bank Sol women’s professional basketball Cheongju KB Stars match at Yongin Indoor Gymnasium on the 25th, and played 30 minutes and 2 seconds with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, including 3 3-point shots.
Samsung Life fought hard with Lee Myeong-gwan, Kang Yoo-rim (17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), Lee Hae-ran (17 points, 7 rebounds), and Shin Iseul (16 points, 7 assists), but lost to Cheongju KB Stars 75-79. With the defeat on the day, it recorded 11 wins and 9 losses with 4 consecutive losses, and sat down one step to 3rd place, half a game behind Busan BNK Some, and was chased by 0.5 game by 4th place Incheon Shinhan Bank.
It was a game where three key players (Yun Ye-bin, Lee Ju-yeon, and Kiana Smith) were absent due to a knee injury, and Bae Hye-yoon, who was informed of the absence due to a knee injury, was missing. did.
After the game, coach Lim Geun-bae also said, “The players did everything 100%. You did a good job. Of course, the missing part in the middle came out. But aside from that part, he did really well.” Then, he said, “I didn’t lose one-side in the rebound battle. I had a strong will to grab the rebound. He even commented on the game, saying, “Thank you for helping me.”
Let’s look back at Lee Myung-gwan.
As mentioned in the first line, Myeong-kwan Lee led the promotion of Dankook University as an all-around player like NBA superstar LeBron James. He earned the nickname ‘Women’s LeBron’. He enhanced his presence by being involved in game reading, scoring, and rebounding.
As a result, I enjoyed the joy of entering the pro as a college graduate, and it made me expect that I could create a success story as a college player. In the 2019-20 WKBL Rookie Draft, he wore the uniform of Yongin Samsung Life Insurance with the 18th overall pick (3rd round 3rd pick).
Lee Myung-gwan, who averaged 10 minutes and 44 seconds in his debut season, scored 3.8 points and 14 rebounds. It was his debut season. In his last season he ran 15:26. His scoring average was 5.57 and his rebounding average was 1.26.
And this season, Lee Myung-gwan’s average playing time fell again to 11 minutes and 56 seconds, and his average score also fell to 3.47 points. Rebounds increased to two.
The 2022-23 season Samsung Life players have been strengthened. Kiana Smith joined, and Lee Hae-ran, a promising player, also improved her skills. In addition, Kang Yu-rim also had a career high season and contributed to the promotion of Samsung Life Insurance at the beginning of the season.
Lee Myung-gwan’s position naturally became smaller. A detailed weakness in her defense, a poor long-range shooting success rate, and a rather short basketball skills held her back. She was a regret that Lee Myeong-gwan, who was connected to Samsung Life’s deep player base, had to suffer.
Lee Myeong-gwan, who had to start the season like that, is taking her chances due to an injury to her lineup. She made a strong impression on her and showed her presence in her 25 matches.
She was able to make her presence known to many people while watching the game with her impressive 3-point shot added to her unique concentration, diligence and power. She also expressed her strong will to participate in the game and perform well, such as clenching her fists every time Lee Myung-gwan made her 3-point shot. 안전놀이터
An official from Samsung Life Insurance said, “I work really hard. It is a pity that she is not guaranteed much playing time due to her situation in the team. She believes that on this day she took a chance and was rewarded for her efforts. If she continues to perform in difficult situations due to injuries in the team, she will definitely get more playing time and help her team a lot.”
Director Lim said, “The part I often point out to (Lee) Myung-gwan is the defense. I started playing basketball late. Offensive to some degree, but defense must be solid from the ground up. That part is lacking. I think it will get better as the years go by. Myung-gwan played a good role in the attack.” also conveyed his praise and shortcomings.
In Samsung Life Insurance, Kim Dan-bi and Kang Yu-rim are doing well as college players. Danbi Kim and Yurim Kang are from Gwangju University. Kang Yoo-rim has grown into a key player, and Kim Dan-bi is active as a starting-class backup. Lee Myeong-gwan also had a chance due to a line injury in the team.
Can we create another college athlete success story? It was the performance of the game that attracted a lot of attention.