Lee Sa-bin of BNK, facing her second life, “I am having a lot of new experiences”
Isabine is living a new life.
After the end of the 2020-2021 season, Busan BNK Some heated up the air conditioning league. Manager Park Jung-eun was appointed as the new head coach, and Kang A-jung (180cm, F), who was released as a free agent, was recruited from Cheongju KB Stars. In addition, through a triangle trade with Yongin Samsung Life Insurance and Bucheon HanawonQ, they brought Kim Han-byeol (178cm, F), the 2020-2021 FINAL MVP.
Kang Ah-jung and Kim Han-byeol were not the only recruits. Isabin Lee also wore a BNK uniform as a trade. Lee Sa-bin is a resource who joined Incheon Shinhan Bank in the 2nd round (8th overall) in the 2nd round at the 2016 WKBL New Player Selection. He played as a backup guard for Yongin Samsung Life Insurance from 2017 to 2021.
Lee Sa-bin played all regular league games (30 games) in the 2021-2022 season. He performed well with 3.37 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in an average of 12 minutes and 42 seconds. He relieved the physical burden of Ahn Hye-ji (164cm, G) and Lee So-hee (171cm, G).
In the 2021-2022 season, the playoff appearance time was only 2 minutes and 12 seconds per game. However, he played BNK’s first playoffs together. His historic moment was shared with his BNK colleagues. He did not get many opportunities to play even in the 2022-2023 season. He averaged only 9 minutes and 55 seconds in 24 appearances. The record also decreased significantly (1.75 points and 1.5 rebounds per game).
However, BNK advanced to the championship match for the first time since its founding. In the championship match, he performed well against Asan Woori Bank. Lee Sa-bin made a deep impression in the first game with 3 points in pursuit. Even though BNK lost in the championship match, BNK and Lee Sa-bin had valuable experiences.
In an interview with this magazine, Lee Sa-bin said, “Personally, it was a very disappointing season. However, the team advanced to the championship match for the first time since its founding. It was good to be able to share the history of the team,” he said, looking back at the 2022-2023 season.
And Isabin became a free agent. It was the first free agent in his life and a hard-earned free agent. However, Isabin decided to retire. Lee Sa-bin said, “I had two major surgeries and took a break for three years. He had a lot of injuries, so he shrank himself. That was the biggest thing,” he said, starting with the biggest reason for his retirement.
After that, he said, “I thought and worried a lot about my future. He also shared his concerns with his friends. At that time, a friend said, ‘It’s going to happen someday, so why don’t we prepare for the future faster than other people?’ Those words really touched me” and mentioned the word ‘future’.
Continued “As time passed, I felt like I would lose the courage to prepare for the future. It’s not a grandiose dream, but I thought I should prepare for the future when I had even a little courage.”
Lee Sa-bin, who told the reason for his retirement, said, “I think I did my best while exercising and competing. He has many good and bad things, but he has gained a lot as well. During his career as a player, he seems to have broadened his thoughts and horizons,” he said looking back on his playing days.
All players eventually retire. This is why I think about life after retirement. Lee Sa-bin, who chose to retire, is also thinking about a second life.
Lee Sa-bin said, “Thankfully, there are many places that call me, so I go to basketball classes in many places. He also teaches people who are in the women’s basketball club, and teaches basketball to those who dream of becoming physical education teachers.”
He continued, “I am meeting new people. That’s a good experience for me. It also comes with good energy. Talking to new people, the scope of my thoughts is broadening,” he said.
Finally, “There are many people who have supported me for a long time. However, after retirement, I couldn’t say goodbye. Nevertheless, I received a lot of support through social media. And the people around me encouraged me saying, ‘You will do well in whatever you do’. I got a lot of strength from the support of the fans and the encouragement of the people around me. I want to say thank you,” he expressed his gratitude to the fans.안전놀이터
I hit a sudden turning point. I was also perplexed. However, he quickly found a new chapter in his life. Isabin, who quickly found a new chapter, was also having a lot of new experiences. So he thought positively of the future to come.