KCC is ranked 6th with 16 wins and 18 losses in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball regular league. It’s a ranking that can be pulled up in the playoffs, but I can’t be relieved. After the All-Star break, the game fell to the floor and suffered three consecutive losses. It is an urgent situation to reverse the atmosphere. 안전놀이터
When the team was sluggish at the beginning of the season, the players communicated with manager Jeon Chang-jin through a meeting and prepared an opportunity for a reversal, so it is difficult to create a turning point with only internal strength this time. I have no choice but to look outside. The most immediate way is to replace foreign workers.
KCC has been looking for outsiders throughout the regular season. This is because Ron University Hollis-Jefferson, an NBA career recruited right before the opening, was not satisfied. Jefferson played his part, averaging 10.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in just 11 minutes and 32 seconds in 34 games, but it didn’t match coach Jeon Chang-jin’s style. In addition, there were several noises outside the game, and trust was lost.
KCC tried to find a replacement that could boost the team’s strength, but it was not easy to supply as the foreign market froze around the world. After much deliberation, KCC contacted KBL veteran Johnny O’Briant and reached an agreement.
O’Bryant joined DB last season as a replacement for Yante Mayton and recorded 15.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 39 appearances. Last year, he averaged 26.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 6 appearances with Meralco Bolt in the PBA (Philippines) Commissary Cup, but was dropped.
After that, he signed a contract with the prestigious Shanghai Sharks of the CBA (China). The role given to O’Bryant in Shanghai, where NBA career players such as Melo Trimble and Eric Bledsoe had already joined, was the ‘third mercenary’. He was given only 10 minutes of playing time per game (averaging 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds). Wanting more playing time, O’Bryant decided to transfer to KCC.
He has agreed to join, but there are still variables. It is a contract issue with O’Brien’s team, Shanghai. For the transfer, the consent of the current team, Shanghai, is required. KCC cannot sign a contract unless O’Briant resolves the contract issue with Shanghai. As soon as the contract termination agreement is finalized, O’Briant will sign a contract with KCC and join.