The reversal of Changwon LG is a hot topic in professional basketball in the 2022-2023 season ahead of the All-Star break with an away
win rate of 85%, with a
good 3-point shot from the outside. Under the leadership of coach Cho Sang-hyun (47), the team finished the first half with 17 wins and 12 losses and 2nd place. Coach Cho started as a coach at Goyang Orion (now Carrot) in 2013 and took over the men’s basketball team coach, then took the helm for the first time as a professional coach this season. Over the past three years, attention has been focused on how a novice coach will lead LG, which has no ties to ‘spring basketball’. Coach Cho himself said 스포츠토토, “Can I make a good team (a team that has not been completed yet)? I was half worried and half excited when I took office,” he said. The first half report card exceeded expectations. There is a record of reversal in the good performance that broke expectations, attracting more attention. Professional sports are familiar and have a high win rate in home games supported by fans, but LG is the opposite. 11 wins and 2 losses on the road. The win rate is close to 85%. On the contrary, it is 6-10 at home, so it is 38%, less than half of the away win rate. “I haven’t found an answer yet. I just apologize to the home fans (who support me).” LG’s strength in away games, which even coach Cho can’t understand, is due to shots that explode well in the opponent’s home. LG’s 3-point shot success rate stays at 27.8% in home games, but jumps to 37.8% in away games. Against Seoul SK on the 10th, he also threw 25 3-pointers and put 10 (40%) in the rim, winning 85-61.
LG, whose strength is defense this season, is on a winning streak as they explode even shooting on away games. LG runs first in various defensive indicators such as conceded points (76.0 points), field goal acceptance rate (43.3%), and field field goal acceptance rate in the paint zone (54.7%).
Coach Cho’s mercenary skill, which gives opportunities to players who try hard, is also outstanding. Forward Jeong In-deok, who returned from military service after retiring once, is a representative example. Jeong In-deok voluntarily volunteered for off-season early morning workouts and took a picture of director Cho’s eyes. And in the game against SK that day, he scored 11 points, the highest in his personal career, and was selected as a Distinguished Player for the first time. Coach Cho hopes that guard Yang Jun-seok from Yonsei University, who was selected first in the rookie draft, will have a chance like Jeong In-deok in the second half. Coach Cho said, “Isn’t it a professional player to take advantage of players who exercise with earnestness on their own, and seize opportunities like that?”
Heading into the short All-Star break, Cho is now thinking about the remaining half of the race. His goal is to improve his performance even on the home field and to achieve results in spring basketball.