Yang Hong-seok, 26, hit the free agency jackpot and donned an LG jersey. With a new challenge in front of him, Yang is more motivated than ever to prepare for the season.
Yang Hong-seok became a free agent in May and joined LG from KT for the 2023-2024 season for a total of 750 million won. “I thought that if I didn’t change, I wouldn’t be able to improve, so I chose to change,” said Yang, who is currently training in Icheon in an LG jersey. “LG also told me, ‘It’s important to sign you and perform quickly, but you have to become the center of LG after you leave the military,'” he said. 토토사이트 LG coach Cho Sang-hyun also said, “(Yang) Hong-seok is still young. He is still important, but he will be the ace and pillar of LG after his military service.”
Expectations are high for Yang Hong-seok. He’ll need to bounce back from a poor season last year. Last season, he averaged just 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and his three-point shooting percentage dropped from 39.5% (1st) to 29.9% in the 2021-2022 season. Yang said, “I was supposed to be the ace of the team last season, but I fell short of expectations. I feel very sorry for the KT fans who supported me,” he said, adding, “It was an opportunity to reflect on my shortcomings. It’s more important to think about the future me,” he said, vowing to make a comeback.
Yang Hong-seok, who has been practicing his shooting every morning, said, “Last season, I took a lot of tough shots. “With (Asem) Marei at LG, if the opponent is double-teamed, I’ll have a good chance,” he said. I’m working hard to become the top three-point shooter again.”
LG is a team that values defense more than offense. Since Cho took over, the team has become a cohesive unit. Cho also cited Yang Hong-seok‘s adaptation to the defense as a key factor. “It’s my first time training with LG’s tactical defense, so I’m getting used to it. I’m confident that I’ll be able to do better with practice games.”
As the highest paid player on the team, Yang Hong-seok said, “There is a lot of pressure to perform well. I think I have to overcome it well,” he said. Yang Hong-seok reached the Playoffs (PO) stage of the 2021-2022 season with KT. However, he missed the PO last season. LG failed to make it to the championship game last season after suffering a bad injury to Marei before the quarterfinals. Now, Yang and LG are looking to go beyond the quarterfinals together.