The sabotage of a foreign player from the NBA ended up being kicked out.
Jeonju KCC excluded Ronde Hollis Jefferson from the roster in an away game against Suwon kt in the 2022-23 SKT Adot Professional Basketball Round 5 held at Suwon kt Sonicboom Arena on the 12th. The reason was clear. It was an expulsion due to sabotage.
Jefferson was a former NBA player and was a divinity who drew attention from LeBron James in the past. After returning to the KBL stage as a substitute foreign player for Tyler Davis, he ended up writing a bad ending and leaving Korea.
KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin said, “Jefferson was sent home yesterday. Watching him sabotage the last two games, he thought this was not the case. i couldn’t see A replacement foreign player was not even decided for him, but he had no choice but to send it.”
In fact, KCC tried to replace Jefferson with a new foreign player, Johnny O’Brien, early on. However, as circumstances changed, he could not be recruited and decided to continue with Jefferson. In a situation where Lee Jong-hyun was recruited, there was also an expectation that synergy could be created when the injured returned. The problem was that Jefferson didn’t want to play properly. 메이저사이트
A KCC official said, “If you watch Jefferson’s games after the showdown with (Omari) Spellman, you can see him only passing. Until then, if he had insisted on the finishing play, he did not play his own play after the KGC match and only passed. The director tried to be as calm as possible, but there was a limit to his patience.”
In fact, Jefferson scored no points in the match between Changwon LG and Ulsan Hyundai Mobis after the KGC match without even attempting a single field goal. Even the former coach couldn’t appoint Jefferson like that for a long time. And he decided to quit.
An official familiar with professional basketball said, “In the case of Jefferson, there is a story that he did not welcome playing for the KBL for a long time. In the past, there were foreign players who did not recognize KBL and played sabotage. If you compare them to Jefferson, you can feel they are not giving their all. Of course, he has not heard the player himself, so it may not be accurate, but it is true that there have been many rumors.”
Currently, Jefferson is said to be based in Manila, Philippines. He is scheduled to return to the United States after taking a break for a while.
For KCC, the 2022-23 season is likely to be a painful memory in many ways. Lee Seung-hyun and Heo Woong, who were recruited with great care, are injured, and there are not a few other players who have suffered major or minor injuries. In addition, since Davis and Jefferson had trouble, it is a season that will hurt deeply even if they advance to the playoffs.