The return of Wonju DB outside ace Doo Kyung-min (32) is imminent.

DB head coach Kim Joo-sung said in an official interview before the 2023-2024 Jeonggwanjang Professional Basketball League home game between DB and Jeonggwanjang at Wonju Indoor Gymnasium on the 10th, “I received a report that Doo Kyung-min’s physical condition, which was delayed, is quite good. Coach Han Sang-min checked him and said that he is showing very good movement. He is adjusting his senses in the second team game and will join the first team this week.”

“He was originally scheduled to return last week, but he had a minor injury to his back when he used a muscle he wasn’t using. “After today’s game, we’ll do one or two detailed checks on Do Kyung-min before he joins the first team. After seeing his physical condition, we will decide when to put him in the game and adjust his playing time.”

From a DB perspective, Doo’s arrival is a welcome one. With 17 wins and 3 losses, he is firmly in the lead.

A solid one-two punch from Dedrick Lawson and Lee Sun Albano. A strong backcourt of Kang Sang-jae and Kim Jong-kyu. And role players galore. Rookie coach Kim Joo-sung has shown strong leadership and team control.

However, Kim Jong-kyu suffered an ankle injury on the 10th of this month against Jeonggwanjang. This comes at a time when the team is experiencing a slight dip in its overall performance cycle, which is where Doo Kyung-min comes in.

On Doo’s role, Kim said, “Controlling his playing time is the most important thing. He can play an important role in the playoffs. We will gradually increase his playing time.” “He is the head of the offense. He is a strong defensive player, so we will focus on defense for now to adapt to the team’s system, and in the offense, he is a ball handler, but we will entrust him with the role of shooting 3-pointers from the outside.”

Doo Kyung-min, a former Wonju DB ace, was traded to Korea Gas Corporation in 2021. But an anterior cruciate ligament injury forced him to rehab, return, and rehab again. He was sidelined for Christmas last year and underwent surgery.

He is still rehabbing, and his return is imminent.

Kyung-min Doo is a player who can dominate a game with his explosive energy and activity in the offense. However, he is very powerful when he has the ball as the main ball handler. His role in the DB system may be limited right now.

DB coach Kim Joo-sung said, “We can’t change the formation now because we are leading the way. It is important for Doo Kyung-min to play his role just like Kim Jong-kyu and Kang Sang-jae. “For now, we will focus on defense and assign him the role of outside three-point shooter, but we can also assign him the role of handling tough shots as he has good offensive skills when the offensive clock runs out.”