Seo Jang-hoon will enter what he has declared to be the final season of his 15-year pro career with the KT SonicBoom. / Yonhap
By Kang Seung-woo
Veteran center Seo Jang-hoon wants to make up for a poor season and contribute to his new team before he walks away from basketball.
At 38 and the oldest player in the league, Seo will enter what he has declared to be the final season of his 15-year pro career with the KT SonicBoom. The 2.07-meter center, nicknamed “Goliath,” signed with the club in May.
The Korean Basketball League (KBL) starts the 2012-13 season on Oct. 13.
“I did not expect to attend the media day of my final KBL season,” said Seo during the KBL media day in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, on Tuesday.
“KT has been good in the league. There are good players there, so I want to retire honorably after contributing this season.”
The Busan-based team reached the playoffs for the last three seasons and won the 2010-11 championship.
Seo, who holds the all-time records for total points scored and rebounds with 12,808 and 5,089 respectively, along with two league MVP titles, had career-worst statistics last season with the LG Sakers, dropping to single digits in scoring, at 7.5, compared to a 19.4 all-time average. He also pulled down a mere 2.9 boards per game.
Since joining the KBL in 1988, Seo played first fiddle on the teams to which he belonged and eclipsed various records, but the veteran, with four teams in last six years, plans to take a step back, yielding the spotlight to younger players.
“I have tried to shoulder all loads thus far but not anymore because there are many great players on this team,” he said.
“What I need to do is to trust the coaching staff and my teammates and contribute to the team. I want a final season in which my service helps out.
“I will be far more grateful if the club has a good season, as well.”
Seo’s new boss, Jeon Chang-jin, said that he will help provide a successful conclusion to his decorated career.
“I hope Seo will finish his career well after offering solid performances in his final season,” the head coach said.
“I am not sure how long he will play in games but as long as he remains on the floor, I will help him to make the most of his strength.”