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Korean Basketball Game

I have been wanting to check out a Korean basketball game for some time.  Today I finally got the chance, and I enjoyed the experience.

The local team, the Daegu Orions, is one of the worst in the league, and today they showed why.  Last in the standings, they lack a lot of what is needed by a winning team.  They have two huge fatal flaws.  First of all, they don’t have much of an inside presence.  Their big men are more of the slasher type.  They didn’t have a big bruiser in the middle.  Secondly, they really don’t shoot very well.  They had countless open shots that just didn’t fall.

A professional basketball game in Korea is really different than an NBA game.  They only  have 10 minute periods so they play less.  The big difference was simply the lack of TV timeouts.  The game flew by in less than 2 hours because of this.  There were no stoppages of play in order for the folks at home to hear a dozen times that the McRib is back.  I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the time after the game.  From start to finish was right around 1 hour 45 minutes.  Plus it was really cheap.  For 9,000 won or about $9, we got seats closer to the court than I have ever been able to get at an NBA game.  The best seats in the house were a mere 20,000 (or about $20).   You can’t even park for that in most places back home.  Granted you are not seeing the best players in the world, but it was still entertaining.

Daegu tried to put up a fight, but they just didn’t have the firepower to compete with the team from Busan.  Daegu trailed by 10 at the half, but briefly took the lead in the middle of the 3rd period.  It didnt’ take long for the Sonic Boom from Busan to take the lead back and run away with the game.

The atmosphere was great.  The crowed was loud the entire game.  They did various contests during the breaks to get the crowd into the game.  It reminded me a lot of minor league baseball back home.  When a home team player made a basket, the entire stadium would yell his name after the loud obnoxious announcer said it over the PS system.  It was funny when the entire arena would yell “defense” because it sounded like they were saying “depense”.  F’s and p’s are interchangeable here it seems.  Sorta like r’s and l’s which is why you hear a lot of them say “lice” for rice.  The best part would be when Johnson scored, one of the 2 American players for Daegu.  After hearing nothing but Korean the entire game, you would hear the crowd chant “Johnson” which was quite a change.

All in all, it was a great time.  I would definitely do it again.  I am really looking forward to baseball season and even plan to check out a professional Korean soccer match.

‘Till Next Time


Check out these kids.  They were amazing.

All of my pics and a few videos from the game are here at flickr.

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “Korean Basketball Game”

  1. Pearl says:

    Hi. I live in Daegu and I’ve been wanting to go and check out a basketball game for ages. I heard that the Orions weren’t all that great but I don’t care.. I just want to go for the atmosphere and to do something else for a change. Anyways, I know their season is coming to an end but I was wondering if you knew if there’s a game next weekend (2/20 or 2/21). I know there’s one the weekend after but I won’t be able to make that. Also, where’s the stadium at?? What’s the cheapest way to get there?? Subway then Taxi?? Hope to hear back from you soon! Thanks for the post!

  2. admin says:

    It looks like they have home games on the following dates Tuesday Feb 23rd, Sunday Feb 28th, Monday March 1st, and Thursday March 4th. Games are a lot of fun, and yes they are horrible. I just got in a taxi and told the guy Daegu Orions basketball and was able to get to the stadium. I dont’ really know where it is or what bus would go there. It’s worth the trip if you can make it on one of the days they play at home. Do you teach here in town?


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