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The Power of Believing

Posted April. 27, 2007 07:30,   


The place is hotel N in Dongnae-gu, Busan, at 8:00 a.m. on April 26.

The players of the basketball team Mobis, which is in the middle of a series of away games against KTF in the championships, have gathered in the dining room for breakfast. Although the players must be tired after a game the previous night, all team members are present.

Coach Yoo Jae-hak (44) of Mobis makes it a rule to have all the players eat breakfast at this time every morning. He feels it is important that the team starts the day together and believes that regular meals are good for your health.

However, Coach Yoo had made an exception for star guard Yang Dong-geun (26) on this particular day. Following Assistant Coach Lim Geun-bae’s suggestion that Yang seemed very tired due to playing a string of championship games without sufficient rest, the head coach allowed Yang to rest instead of coming to breakfast.

However, Yang joined the ranks for breakfast, saying, “I can’t miss breakfast when all of the senior players are here,” as he cleaned his plate.

Coach Yoo praised him, saying, “He is always diligent and never slacks off.”

Coach Yoo has trained many players, but his affection for Yang is special. The coach personally gave Yang his nickname “Power Guard” for his exceptional strength.

Yang, who has worked with Coach Yoo for three years, beat Kim Seung-hyun of the Orions in the semi-finals, and is showing the upper hand against Shin Gi-seong of KTF in the championship games. During the championships, Yang is averaging 22.3 points and 7.5 assists per game, leading his team to a 3:1 lead.

Yang thanked his coach, saying, “Coach Yoo explains the playing styles of opposing guards to me, and that always helps a lot.” Coach Yoo praised Yang, saying, “Yang is going to keep getting better.”

Mobis will take out the championship if they win just one more of the three remaining games, including the fifth game which will be held in Busan on April 27.

Mobis’s dream of winning the championship is becoming closer to reality, boosted by the affectionate relationship between Coach Yoo and Yang Dong-geun.