“I want to show you my progress in every game.”
Kiana Smith (Yongin Samsung Life Bloomings), who is gradually showing her true value after overcoming a knee injury, predicted her future performance.
Born to Choi Won-sun, a Korean mother, and John Smith, an American father, Kiana is a guard who was nominated by Samsung Life Insurance as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022-2023 Women’s Basketball League (WKBL) recruitment competition. As she played for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, she had high expectations on her.토토사이트
Samsung Life Insurance’s Kiana is delighted after scoring in the Hana One Q match. Photo = Courtesy of WKBL
Kiana, who received so much attention, scored 21 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds in the away match against Bucheon Hana One Q on October 31, 2022, when she made her debut in Korea. Her debut score of 21 points was the highest in the history of her rookie debut in the WKBL. That’s how Kiana’s “Korean Dream” seemed to start.
However, the good times did not last long. On Dec. 26 that year, he collapsed with his left knee in the match against Woori WON at Home Asan Woori Bank. He was diagnosed with a ruptured patellar tendon. Since then, Kiana had to undergo long rehabilitation.
Kiana, who met after the away match against Hana One Q on the 28th, said, “When I returned to the team after rehabilitation, I had a hard time mentally. Of course, I thought I would be able to play as before, but it was mentally difficult because it took me time to get used to the game.”
Keana is positive-minded, but a ruptured patella can be fatal to a basketball player. The prognosis of surgery is also not good.
Nevertheless, Kiana confidently said, “I’m trying not to think about that part. I love basketball so much that I’m doing my best every day. I didn’t want to give up because it was a surgery with a poor prognosis. I tried to be positive. I don’t try to think about bad things.”
Having survived the injury, he returned to the final stage of the second round this season, and gradually increased his playing time. In the Hana One-Q match, Kiana had 21 points, six rebounds and two assists, leading Samsung Life Insurance to a 65-58 victory. As a result, the third-ranked Samsung Life Insurance, which has recovered from its two consecutive losses, recorded 10 wins and 11 losses, widening its gap with the fourth-ranked Hana One-Q (7 wins and 14 losses) to three games.
In particular, Kiana showed perfect teamwork in the two-man game with Bae Hayun. If Kiana’s physical condition rises further, their power is expected to be further maximized. This is also the most awaited news for Samsung Life Insurance, which is in a fierce battle for mid-ranking positions.
” (Bae) Hye-yoon is a smart player. They move well on their own,” Kiana said. “I enjoy the two-man game (with Hye-yoon) to the point where I don’t need words.”
Finally, Kiana said, “I showed bad moves in the first few games (after returning to the team). I was disappointed by myself. Now my body has risen a lot. I am glad that I have shown better performance. It is very difficult, but it is good to start the first round of the fifth round with a victory.” As for his current physical condition, he said, “It is hard to describe it to some extent. The game schedule is tight, but I am focusing on recovery as well. I am grateful that the play can get better. Last year was a very difficult year, so I want to show improved performance in every game.”