Back in the memories of those days! What do jumpball reporters think is the best All-Star Game?

The second extension, which was not seen due to regular broadcasting, but the match is certain!

Jeong Ji-wook Editor

-in-Chief #1997-1998 Season All-Star Game
In recent years, I think the KBL All-Star Game was not basketball by my standards. This is because they are busy holding events every quarter, even every operation time. No matter how event-oriented the game is, the main must be basketball. I think the recent All-Star Game was a game where you couldn’t focus on ‘basketball’ at all. The essence should also be basketball. In that sense, the most memorable All-Star Game for me is the 1997-1998 season. Nambu starters won 187-180 after a close second overtime match. A total of 45 3-pointers were made by both teams. Looking at the results, don’t you think the game would have been fun? In the southern selection, Kim Young-man poured in a whopping 44 points, but the main character was different. It was Kang Dong-hee. He took Kim Young-man’s pass 7 seconds before the end of the game, with Nambu starters trailing by 3 points at 143-146, and scored a 3-pointer to tie the game, sending the game into overtime. The highlight of the game was the appearance of making a ‘merong’ towards the central starting players after making a successful 3-point shot. Not stopping there, Kang Dong-hee played the role of a solver again in the first extension. 16.8 seconds before the end of the game, with Nambu starter trailing 161-166, he fired another 3-pointer, and then took advantage of opponent Woo Ji-won’s shot misfire to launch a fast attack and assisted Johnny McDowell’s tying layup. The first and second tools were made in his hands. In the end, Nambu starter won, and Kang Dong-hee, who had a triple-double performance with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists, was selected as the MVP. I have no idea what the second extension is about. This is because it was relayed only until the first extension due to regular broadcasting. It was a time when there was no internet, so you could only find out the results through the sports news at night. It’s unimaginable now, but it was then.

The three most memorable All- Star Games Edited by
Son Dae

-beom #2001-2002, 2016-2017, 2019-2020 Season All-Star Game The All- 메이저놀이터
Star Game was a memorable event for reporters as there was always a lot to see. There are three most memorable All-Star Games. The first is the 2001-2002 season All-Star Game. It was held at Jamsil Gymnasium, and the game was split only after extra time. The central selection of Andre Perry, Jonny McDowell, and Seo Jang-hoon won 135-132, and it was the best game in many ways, including performance, fan service and reaction. This All-Star Game is more memorable because it was an All-Star Game in which Kim Seung-hyun, Lee Sang-min, and Kang Dong-hee played side by side in the same team (Southern selection). Although Lee Sang-min took first place in the All-Star fan vote, I remember being surprised when Kim Seung-hyun took away the first place in the interim tally. Perry, who appeared wearing a hood, won the MVP along with winning the dunk contest. The 2006-2007 All-Star Game held in Ulsan is memorable because of the performances of Kim Hyo-beom and Dante Jones, and the 2016-2017 All-Star Game held in Busan is memorable because all 11,700 seats at Sajik Gymnasium in Busan were sold out. The match was more lively because of KBS 1TV’s commentary. The mannequin challenge performed by the players abruptly, a group dance full of entertainment, and Michael Craig’s showmanship were impressive. Around this time, it seems that the players gave the impression that they were preparing with one mind and heart for the fans. Lastly, I would like to mention the 2019-2020 All-Star Game held at Incheon Samsan Gymnasium. All seats in the gym were sold out, and Heo Woong and Heo Hoon even performed a 1-on-1 confrontation performance, giving back to the fans who put them on stage. The entrance performances of the players also began to be regarded as ‘sincere’ from this time. Kim Jong-kyu’s Pikachu costume is still unforgettable. Personally, while watching this all-star game, I was convinced that the awareness of KBL, which had hit rock bottom, was gradually rising. The uniforms were so pretty that I bought two. However, unfortunately, the 2019-2020 season, which was about to become a ‘historic’ as Corona 19 spread, was hit with the pain of being stopped early. The All-Star Game is no longer just a basketball event. It is an event where KBL stars pour all their talents and talents for their fans. His attitude is also sincere. Even in the mid-2000s, some players wandered around and asked, “What can I do today?” Times have changed, and players are enjoying their time and giving back a lot. This year, I hope to become an all-star who will leave good memories for a long time. 

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