“Basketball is my favorite sport, and I don’t miss a day without playing it”

This article was originally published in the April 2023 issue of Basket Korea Webzine. The interview for this article was conducted on March 20, 2023 at 11:00 p.m. (Buy Basket Korea Webzine here).

Looking for a sport to play with his father, Kang Min-chan started playing basketball in the fourth grade. He fell in love with basketball because of the “feeling of joy when a shot leaves your hand and hits the rim,” and because his father also loved the game.
It wasn’t until he started playing basketball in earnest that he realized how fun passing can be. “As much as I enjoy scoring myself, I enjoy helping my teammates score,” he said.
His father says, “He’s not obsessed with his phone and games like other kids his age. He really loves basketball. He has also developed a sense of cooperation through basketball.” 안전놀이터

Please introduce yourself.
I’m Kang Min-chan, a 6th grader at Daegwang Elementary School. I’m 155 cm and 56 kg, and I play point guard for the Samsung Youth Team in Seoul.

How have you been doing lately?
I’m going to be in 6th grade in 2023. I’ve been studying harder, practicing my hobby, trumpet, and of course, playing my favorite sport, basketball. I’m having a lot of fun.

How did you start playing basketball?
It was in the winter of my fourth year of elementary school (2021). I was looking for something to do with my dad, and we chose basketball from a variety of sports. When the shot left my hand and hit the rim, I felt a sense of pleasure. I really liked it, and my dad also likes basketball.

What is your playing style?
I prefer to assist, I try to pass a lot to my teammates, but my favorite play is scoring. I like both, assisting and scoring.

I started playing basketball because I like scoring, but I also like passing.
When I pass to my teammates, they end up scoring, and I’m proud when they score off my assist, it’s almost as good as scoring myself.

What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
I’m left-handed, which is an advantage because I shoot left-handed and dribble left-handed. I’m not strong, which is a disadvantage because I’m working on my strength.

How did you spend 2022?
I went to about three tournaments. It was hard to play against my older brothers, who were taller and stronger, and it was hard to keep up with them when they were defending. I went into the tournament with the mindset of ‘let’s just get through the main round’.
I knew I had to improve, because we lost by a lot of points. We didn’t work as a team, we didn’t score a lot of points, we couldn’t keep up with the matchups on defense, and we gave up fast breaks.

How did you improve in 2023?
Our teamwork is better than it was in 2022, and that’s the biggest difference.

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