“If I had even won one win in the playoffs…”
Shinhan Bank made the playoffs for two consecutive seasons from the 2020-2021 season. Ace Kim Dan-bi (180cm, F) moved to Asan Woori Bank, but Shinhan Bank confirmed to advance to the playoffs in the 2022-2023 season as well. Advance to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons.
The reason why Shinhan Bank went to the playoffs once again. The lineup by position was not bad. Especially the guard line was like that. Lee Kyung-eun, who was the captain and the oldest guard in the 2020-2021 season, showed a veteran-like performance. Shinhan Bank’s aggressive style was maximized through skillful game management.
Also, Lee Kyung-eun has been somewhat free from knee pain in all three recent seasons. A total of 7 games were missed from the 2020-2021 season to the 2022-2023 season. The match he missed was also due to a doping penalty, not a health problem.
In the 2022-2023 season안전놀이터, he played all regular league games (30 games) and recorded 7.77 points, 3.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 23 minutes and 32 seconds per game. He served as a link between the existing players and the newly joined players, and also scored valuable points in the match.
However, Shinhan Bank clearly felt Kim Dan-bi’s gap in the playoffs. Woori Bank, where Kim Dan-bi joined, lost 2 matches. They haven’t won a game in the playoffs for three years in a row.
In an interview with this magazine, Lee Kyung-eun said, “If you are satisfied, it is a season that you can say that you are satisfied. However, looking at it from the point of view of regret, it is also a disappointing season. Also, after the season is over, it is true that I feel regretful,” he said, looking back at the 2022-2023 season.
“The players have changed a lot. I was worried. Throughout the off-season, I tried my best to adapt the changed players to the manager’s style, but I think the performance was better than I thought. I feel fortunate,” he said.
And Lee Kyung-eun became a free agent (FA). Lee Kyung-eun, who became a free agent, remained at Shinhan Bank under the condition of a total annual salary of 140 million won (full annual salary) for the 2023-2024 period of his contract for two years. He became the captain of Shinhan Bank the following season.
Lee Kyung-eun said, “The general manager and director told me first, ‘Let’s sign a contract,’ and the director and coach also said, ‘We should do it together.’ Conditions are also conditions, but I was grateful to the secretariat and coaching staff who offered me first. (From my point of view) there was no need to waste time,” he said, expressing his impressions of the contract with Shinhan Bank.
After that, “Two years ago, I argued with (Han) Chaejin unnie, and now I insist without Chaejin unnie. It seems that the pressure is different. Still, the players below follow me, so I have no worries.”
Han Chae-jin (175cm, F) announced her retirement, and Shinhan Bank’s one-two punch Kim Jin-young (177cm, F) became the second free agent. He got the terms to negotiate with either team. Also, Shinhan Bank is thinking of reinforcing its power. Shinhan Bank’s power may change. Lee Kyung-eun should think about the power to change.
But “I don’t think that is the situation. However, if there is a big change in power like last year, we have to prepare accordingly.”
Continuing “Chaejin unnie is retiring, so there will be a power leak. However, if other players fill Chaejin’s place well, I think our team will be better. Above all, if we spend another off-season together, it will be better,” she said, hoping for the situation to improve.
Lastly, “’a better season than the previous season’ has always been my goal. And with that in mind, I prepared for the next season. It is the same this time. It was regrettable that I hadn’t won a playoff in the last three years, but I want to show my improved performance in the playoffs as well.” He seemed eager to achieve good results even in big matches.