Park Ji-soo, after that day in July 2022… ①

November 30, 2022. Park Ji-soo finally appeared at the stadium. Park Ji-soo, who broke the void that could be said to be long if long and short if short, appeared in front of the public for the first time this season. However, he seemed to keep his distance from the eyes of the fans as much as possible. He still looked cautious.

He appeared in the official game 231 days after lifting the MVP trophy with the team victory in the 2021-2022 season championship match. He couldn’t play in the game, didn’t catch the ball once, and chose to keep his distance from the public eye, but everyone’s attention was once again focused on the countdown to a full-fledged return.


After 2020, when the antinomic WKBL FA system, which seemed to be aimed at regulating player movement, was partially revised, April is the hottest period outside of the game in women’s basketball.

Due to some changes in the ‘bright dog apricot’, which was able to fundamentally block the movement of players by presenting the annual salary ceiling even if they obtained the free agent (FA) qualification, players who obtained the FA qualification for the second time or more are not voluntarily transferred. hit the possible world. There was a change in WKBL, where the better you did, the more you didn’t have the right to choose another team.

There is still an upper limit on the player’s individual salary, so there is almost no dramatic difference in salary. This is because the proposal amount for the hot topic players is eventually determined based on the upper limit. Players who are classified as Class A cannot be given ‘an offer that is more radical than other teams’. So, in the women’s basketball FA market, ‘justification’ has become a trend of choice.

As with the draft, the FA also mentions the biggest word of the year as a pronoun every year. Just as 2017 was the ‘Park Ji-soo Draft’ and 2019 was the ‘Park Ji-hyeon Draft’, the names of the most controversial players have now appeared in the free agent market where options have occurred. In 2020, Park Hye-jin (Woori Bank) stayed, and in 2021, Kang I-seul chose to transfer to KB Stars.

2022 was ‘Kim Dan-bi FA’. He made his debut at Shinhan Bank, was the last player to share the history of ‘Real Shinhan Bank’, and was the main character who made Shinhan Bank called ‘Danbi Bank’, so there were many expectations that his future would remain. But during his contract period, labor pains ensued and he made a surprising decision. He left Shinhan Bank, where he had been with him for 15 years, and chose to transfer to Woori Bank.

Until the 2010-2011 season, the brilliant history of Shinhan Bank, which achieved 6 consecutive WKBL titles, came to an end with Woori Bank as head coach Sung-woo Wi and coach Joo-won Jeon, who had been at the cutting edge of the history, moved to Woori Bank.

Shinhan Bank formed a sharp rivalry with Woori Bank, which emerged as a new loser for several years from the season when the integrated championship was frustrated. Kim Dan-bi, who was the main pillar of the team, decided to move into the team that had been the enemy for the longest time. Among the main players of ‘Real Shinhan Bank’, those who remain in women’s basketball now belong to Woori Bank.

Danbi Kim said, “I felt stagnant after being on the same team for too long, so I needed a change.” “I wanted to take on a new challenge before retirement.” He revealed the reason for the choice. And there was another justification within that reason.

‘I want to challenge myself to win!’

In fact, Danbi Kim is one of the best players in the league that every team can’t help but covet. Woori Bank, who was struggling against KB Stars, who had risen to the ‘absolute top 1’, and Kim Dan-bi, who struggled to overcome KB and Woori Bank until retirement, agreed on the goal of winning. And this choice of Kim Dan-bi gave another shock to the league. 바카라

Woori Bank is already a strong team with Kim Jong-un, Park Hye-jin, Kim Sonia, Choi Yi-sam, and Park Ji-hyun. Although Sonia Kim was lost as a compensation player with the recruitment of Danbi Kim, all of the best players are Jeon Hyun national team, and most of them have played as key resources in the national team or their role is currently in progress.

Looking at the composition of players by position, Woori Bank, which has been a ‘super team’ for a long time, has become a ‘mega super team’. It was said that it was a ‘choice to prevent KB’s solo run in the first round’, but the majority of teams responded that “the fight between the two teams who always competed for the championship and their position only became more solid.”


KB’s reaction was not special. The transfer market in April 2022 was as quiet as a windless zone for KB, which had been the busiest in the FA market over the past two years and had been named on the biggest plate. It wasn’t just because he achieved his goal by winning the unified championship.

I was confident. Woori Bank’s strengthening of its strength was obviously a big variable, but KB, which was younger than Woori Bank in the age of most of the main players, felt sufficient competitiveness because it was a more future-oriented composition than its opponents. And at the center, there was a clear asymmetric power called Park Ji-soo.

In KBL, there was a legend and praise about the so-called ‘Keon Se-geun’, saying that ‘a healthy Oh Se-geun (KGC Ginseng Corporation) is difficult to block’. In WKBL, it was a reality that ‘there is no way to stop a normal Park Ji-soo’. No, even if it wasn’t normal, it was difficult to stand against Park Ji-soo.

KB’s confidence was slowly changing to confidence as off-season training began. More satisfying and stable training than ever before. Park Ji-soo decided to take a break from the WNBA season. He needed rest, treatment, and surgery.

Park Ji-soo hit an opponent’s head hard during the regular season and had to undergo nose surgery after the season ended. During the playoffs and the championship game, he played with a gluteus maximus tear. He also decided it would be better to take a break from the WNBA for the Women’s Basketball World Cup in September. His experience of not playing in the best condition after joining the WNBA season during the Tokyo Olympics helped him make a cool decision.

Park Ji-soo, who did not go to the United States, took rest and treatment after the season, and joined the team’s off-season training as normal. It was also the best off-season start for Park Ji-soo, who had irregular participation in off-season training due to the selection of the national team, injury treatment, and participation in the WNBA season. She got up quickly. Her players and club were satisfied.

KB was confident that if Park Ji-soo was able to demonstrate her power, she would not be pushed back no matter what other teams made. The one-two punch that Park Ji-su, who cannot normally compete with, and Kang I-seul, the best shooter in the league, was the strongest in WKBL. Kim Min-jung, who is a card that can attack the opponent’s loopholes, and Heo Ye-eun, who has grown more through winning experience… The average age of these four people is 25.3 years old. The key powers of the championship were still young and had the potential to develop. Veterans such as Yeom Yoon-ah and Choi Hee-jin were still alive, and backup resources were sufficient, such as Shim Seong-young, Kim So-dam, and Eom Seo-yi. All of these compositions were able to demonstrate perfect synergy when Park Ji-soo firmly held the center. By the way…

Taebaek in July. It happened just as everything was going according to plan. It was Park Ji-soo’s departure due to panic disorder.

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