The ‘tall uncle’ 3-on-3 basketball team is on the rise.
The South Korean men’s 3-on-3 basketball team, coached by Kang Yang-hyun, will take on Iran in their first Group B match at 5:45 p.m. ET today at the Huzhou Duching Geographic Information Park in Hangzhou, China.
South Korea won the silver medal at the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago. They went on a winning streak and reached the final, but lost in overtime in their final match against China.
Kang Yang-hyun-ho will be aiming for gold this time around. After Uzbekistan withdrew from the tournament, there are 19 teams in total. Three-on-three basketball has five teams in each of the three groups, except for Group C (four teams). South Korea is paired with Iran-Maldives (5:45 p.m., Nov. 27), Japan (6:25 p.m., Nov. 28) and Turkmenistan (2:25 p.m., Nov. 29).
South Korea has assembled a team of young players who play professionally. Son Seong-jin (Ulsan Hyundai Mobis), Lee Won-seok (Seoul Samsung), Kim Dong-hyun (Busan KCC) and Lee Doo-won (Suwon KT) will start. Lee Won-seok and Lee Doo-won were the first and second overall picks in the Korean Basketball Association’s rookie draft, respectively. Both are over 2 meters tall and athletic.온라인바카라
In particular, Lee Won-seok made a heartwarming appearance as a “tall uncle” at the opening ceremony held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium on the 23rd. He appeared with 2011 national skateboarder Moon Kang-ho on his back. Moon is the second-youngest Taekwondo warrior to compete at the Games. Moon Kang-ho, who is 1.45 meters tall, smiled at Lee Won-seok, who is 2.6 meters tall.
Meanwhile, South Korea is aiming for more than 50 gold medals and third place overall at the Games. It won 49 gold, 58 silver and 70 bronze medals at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. They finished third overall. Overall, the team aims to close the gap with Japan as it is in the process of generational change.