Samsung Cha Min-seok shows potential despite short playing time

“I saw hope that he could fully digest the role of power forward and develop further.”

Cha Min-seok, who was selected as the first pick in the 2020 KBL Rookie Draft, played an average of 8 minutes and 59 seconds in 3 games this season. Because of his injury, he is only getting on the court little by little now, but he is trusted by the coaching staff even for a short time.

After coach Eun Hee-seok took over the Samsung baton, Cha Min-seok devoted himself to preparing for the season more diligently than ever. At the end of the season, a two-month break is given, but Cha Min-seok only took a week off. From dawn to night he sweated on his coat. Sometimes he worked with coach Kim Hyo-beom to improve his individual skills.

However, he did not escape injury. He was a stress fracture. When Lee Won-seok was out of power due to a calf muscle rupture, Cha Min-seok joined. Cha Min-seok got a chance to play this season like that.

Samsung has struggled with injuries all season. Darall Willis was also out of power. It is an opportunity for Cha Min-seok to step on the court at least a little.

Cha Min-seok, whom I met during training last summer, boasted a sharp jawline, but Cha Min-seok, whom I met at the Changwon Gymnasium on the 10th, seemed to have gained weight. Cha Min-seok thinks it is rather helpful when playing under the goal.

When coach Eun Hee-seok mentioned Cha Min-seok ahead of the game against Changwon LG, he said, “It’s a pity (being injured). It’s like a baby (laughs). He says he has breast meat left. In the professional league, you have to fight really fiercely and pour out a lot of energy to win. I don’t think I’m equipped with a body that can pour out energy. I was injured while going through that process. “It’s a time when we can’t say that we will spend all our focus this season on raising this friend (Cha Min-seok), and that shouldn’t be the case. In order to improve athletic performance or body, you have to run for more than 25 minutes unconditionally, but your body is not capable of that. The legs are still not intact. It’s been over two months since the hospital said that I was fully recovered 메이저놀이터, so it’s an ironic situation for us too. I can’t tell you to run or run to make your body just because the doctor’s opinion is okay. In this way, the process of finding a sense of the game and controlling pain came first, but it will come several times (repetition of rest and participation) in the future,” said Cha Min-seok’s current physical condition.

What role should Cha Min-seok play when he goes out on the court even for a short time?

Coach Eun Hee-seok said, “When he briefly played two games, he did better than I thought. At that time, it was before Lee Won-seok left and Kim Seung-won came, so it was when Jang Min-guk was alone.” Also, I did not expect that a player who suddenly entered the game after not playing for a long time would match the movements we requested so tightly. He saw hope that he could fully digest the role of a power forward and develop further.”

Cha Min-seok did not stand out much in the match against LG as he played 8 minutes and 19 seconds, but he put his energy into fighting and boxing out in match-ups with foreign players.

Samsung will be able to have hope if Cha Min-seok is in better shape and gives more strength from the bottom of the goal.

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