Korean men’s basketball coach resigns after Asiad
Korean men’s national basketball head coach Hur Jae resigned Wednesday following a third-place finish at the Asian Games.
The Korea Basketball Association (KBA) said it accepted Hur’s intent to quit just four days after Korea defeated Taiwan in the bronze medal game at the 18th Asiad in Jakarta. Korea captured gold at the 2014 Asian Games but lost to Iran 80-68 in the semifinals this year.
The KBA added Hur’s former assistant, Kim Sang-sik, will serve as the interim head coach when Korea plays qualifying matches for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup on Sept. 13 and 17. The KBA said it will begin searching for a replacement for Hur after Sept. 17.
Kim Hyun-soo excluded from roster with ankle injury
The LG Twins’ cleanup hitter Kim Hyun-soo got excluded from the entry due to an ankle injury on Wednesday.
During the Twins’ game against the KT Wiz on Tuesday, Kim appeared as the Twins’ first baseman and third hitter. Kim injured his ankle at the bottom of the fifth inning, after tripping over while covering first base.
Kim twisted his ankle while trying to catch Lee Jin-young’s ground ball, and after, he had to walk back to the dugout from the help of his trainer. In the remaining game, Kim Yong-eui was substituted as the Twins’ first baseman.
Tuesday’s game was Kim’s first game after the Asian Games.
“It’s still swollen so he’ll get reexamined in three days,” said Ryu Joong-il, the Twins’ manager.
By Kang Yoo-rim