Choi Jun-yong has spoken out about his recent social media controversy.
On the fifth day of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, Choi’s Instagram story came under fire. He uploaded a photo of the men’s national basketball team’s head coach Chu Il-seung with a question mark over his head. The post was highly controversial as the 현금홀덤사이트 basketball world was already speculating about the feud between Chu and Choi.
Busan KCC vs. Daegu Korea Gas Corporation in the Group B preliminary round of the 2023 MG Saemaul KBL Cup at Wolmyeong Gymnasium in Gunsan on Sept. 9. Choi, who led KCC to a 98-78 victory with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists, spoke out at the official postgame press conference. He clarified that it was an expression of frustration, not a snipe.
He said, “If it was a real shot, I wouldn’t have raised it that high. I would have hit it harder. I was so angry and frustrated watching the Asian Games. I wanted to speak out, but what can I say when I’m not in the national team?” he said.
Choi is one of the best forwards in the KBL. At 6-foot-2, his speed, athleticism, and ball-handling make him very versatile. However, Chu Il-seung ultimately passed on Jun-yong, and he did not play in the Hangzhou Asian Games.
“I’m very disappointed. I wanted to prepare well and win a gold medal. The popularity of Korean basketball is on the rise and the atmosphere is good, so I thought we should take advantage of the Asian Games to rise even higher. But I’m disappointed that I didn’t make the team. People say I wasn’t selected because of my injury, but I’m healthier than anyone else right now. I just wasn’t selected. I think it’s the coach’s decision,” Choi said.
South Korea’s seventh-place finish at the Asian Games was its worst ever. The team was severely weakened by injuries to key players such as Moon Sung-gon and Song Kyo-chang. Despite this, coach Chu Il-seung was at the center of controversy for selecting a guard instead of a forward. The unprepared tactics led to a disappointing performance.
“I was very upset watching the Asian Games, and I couldn’t sleep. I know this interview will be a hot topic, but I think athletes should speak out. They always prepare hard. In the past, when I was in the youth national team, we didn’t lose to Japan and China. But now, I don’t think we should. There is a big difference in the speed of growth. The problem is that Korean basketball has been the same for decades,” he said.
Members of the men’s and women’s national basketball teams, including Kim Jong-kyu and Park Ji-soo, posted on social media after the Asian Games to appeal for support from the federation. They want to see a change in the sport, which they say is underfunded and pursues outdated tactics. Choi Jun-yong had the same intention in his interview.
“There are many good managers and coaches in Korea, but it’s the same every time. KBL coaches are not allowed to coach the national team, and when they quit, they become commentators. I think it doesn’t make sense, and I want them to come out and solve the problem one by one, not cover it up. I don’t want them to just move on and prepare for the next time.”