‘Goodbye Captain’… Yang Hee-jong “I received undeserved love”
“Please remember him as a player who did his best on the court.”
‘Eternal Captain’ Yang Hee-jong (29, KGC Ginseng Corporation) said ‘Goodbye’ in front of the fans. On the 26th, DB Jeonseo had a retirement ceremony. In the previous game held in Changwon, LG lost to SK and confirmed the first place in the regular league. Amid cheers from the fans, Yang Hee-jong stood in front of the halftime microphone. Yang Hee-jong said, “I was a player who lacked a lot,” and after taking luck, “there were big and small mistakes and injuries. He sometimes slumped under the pressure of his grades. I was able to get back up and grow because I always had fans,” he said.
Yang Hee-jong is a ‘one-club man’. After debuting as a professional at KT&G (predecessor of Ginseng Corporation) in 2007, he played only for one team. He was especially outstanding in his defense. At the end of this season, he will take off his active uniform. He has two more years left on his contract, from 2024 to 2025, and he is still showing good performances, but he has decided to step down in favor of his juniors. The number 11, which Yang Hee-jong wore, was designated as the club’s first permanent number, including during the SBS days. Yang Hee-jong said, “It is an honor for the family. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was grateful. (Number 11) went upstairs, but I was in tears. It was very difficult for him,” he said calmly.
He has been playing for 17 years in Anyang. What is the most memorable scene? Yang Hee-jong recalled three championship victories. In particular, the moment when he won his first championship was deeply engraved in his head. Yang Hee-jong said, “It seems to be more intense because it is the first time. (At the match) I couldn’t remember well at that moment how I defended for about 7-8 seconds after putting in a mid-range shot. He later checked the video and found out that ‘it was like that’. The joy and excitement I felt at the time gives me goosebumps even now when I think about it,” he nodded. 먹튀검증
He did not forget to express his deep affection for the club. He played for a team for a long time, meeting new players and letting old ones go. He was treated better and applauded when he transferred, but he couldn’t help but miss him. This is the background of mentioning ‘ginseng novelty’ in his retirement address. Yang Hee-jong said, “I miss (Lee) Jeong-hyeon a lot today.” I hope to make a better club while being considerate in the future.”
Player Yang Hee-jong’s time will continue until the postseason (PS). Afterwards he seeks to prepare a leader. Nothing concrete has been decided yet. However, he wants to go to the United States to see and learn advanced basketball with his whole body. Yang Hee-jong said, “I think I need to talk to the club. Whether it’s been a year or two, I want to stay in the field for as long as a year until I’m satisfied.”