The Wonju DBs are one step closer to making KBL history, but there’s still one player left to return. Doo Kyung-min (32, 184 cm) is taking the pressure off and focusing on rehabilitation.
On the seventh day of Wonju DB’s opening seven-game winning streak, a familiar face could be seen in the Wonju Gymnasium. Doo watched the game from the stands behind the bench, along with fellow D-League members Yoo Hyun-jun and Kim Hoon, who are both about to be discharged from the military.
Doo hasn’t played a single game since the start of the 2023-2024 regular season. He was sidelined with a right knee injury at the end of last season and returned in the KBL Cup, only to be sidelined again with recurring pain.
Doo is preparing for his comeback by training with Dr. Kang Sung-woo, who was responsible for the rehabilitation of Choi Jun-yong (KCC) and Chung Hyo-geun (Jungkwanjang), who both underwent surgery for cruciate ligament tears. “I’m rehabbing with Dr. Kang Sung-woo in the morning and training with the team in the afternoon,” said Doo Kyung-min. I’ve been training with the D-League members at 60 to 70 percent intensity,” he said.
He continued, “I have a strong desire to play, but I’m thinking carefully because I injured the same area twice. Even the coach told me not to think about it too soon because it’s a cartilage injury. It’s hard to say when I’ll be back,” he added.
Despite the departure of Doo Kyung-min, DB is on a roll. They’ve won their opening seven games in a row and are just one game away from tying their all-time record of eight consecutive wins. For Doo, it’s an environment where he can take the pressure off and prepare for his return, but he’s also nervous.
“I’m most worried about my physical condition. After the performance, I thought, ‘I’m healthy now,’ but then I felt pain again, so I’m thinking carefully. The team is doing well, but I’m thinking a lot about my role. First and foremost, I need to integrate into the coach’s offense. We trained together in the offseason, but we haven’t played a game together since he became head coach. We played together as players, but being a coach and a player are two different things.”
Doo added, “After every game, I get calls from fans. I’m always grateful to them for their support and encouragement to get better and come back. The secretariat and coaching staff are also very considerate. Depending on my condition on the day, I may need to adjust my playing time, but I’m preparing so that I don’t have to be away for a long time again. I hope you can wait a little longer.” 토토사이트
Doo appeared in just 25 games last season, but averaged 14.6 points, 2.5 3-pointers, 2.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1 steal in 24.8 minutes. The 2017-2018 regular season MVP also set a career-high in points last year against Daegu KOGAS (43 points on Dec. 18, 2022).
There are some concerns about his role sharing with Lee Sun Albano, but coach Kim Joo-sung said, “He’s what the team needs. He’s been training well. I hope he can come back soon and help the team. As the team has started well, we are preparing for his return with more time to spare, and it will be helpful if he comes back knowing his role well.” With the team cruising to its first championship since the 2007-2008 season, DB still has one foot in the door.