Lee appointed Thunders’ coach

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Apr 5, 2012 - 20:13
  • Updated : Apr 5, 2012 - 20:13

Lee Sang-min (Samsung Thunders)
Former national team guard Lee Sang-min has been appointed as the Seoul Samsung Thunders’ new coach on a two-year contract, the top-league basketball team announced Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Lee played for the Thunders from 2007 until the 2009-2010 season before retiring from the Korean Basketball League.

Lee is one of the biggest stars in the history of KBL. Lee debuted with the team formerly known as the Hyundai Dynet in 1997, now the KCC Egis, and won three championship titles and took home the MVP trophy twice during his 13-year career.

He joined the Thunders in 2007, when he helped the team finish runner-up twice in the KBL. He was the league MVP for two straight seasons and also the MVP in the finals in the 2003-2004 season. Since the All-Star fan voting was introduced in 2001, Lee has been the fans’ top choice every year. He still boasts a solid fan base in the KBL.

The Thunders said in a statement that Lee’s return will help revive the team, which finished at the bottom of the 10-team league this year.

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