Lee Jae-do (32, 180 cm) became the second player in history to play 400 consecutive games.
On the 17th, Anyang Jeonggwanjang and Changwon LG met in the second round of the 2023-2024 Jeonggwanjang Professional Basketball League at Anyang Gymnasium. The game was special for Lee Jae-do. He reached the milestone of 400 consecutive games. This is the second-longest streak in KBL history after Lee Jung-hyun of Seoul Samsung (592 games).
Lee played 25:55, finishing with 15 points, seven assists, and two steals. In addition to his scoring, Lee focused on making plays to keep his teammates alive. Along with Lee, Asem Marei (21 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assists) and Yang Hong-seok (19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) led LG to a 106-77 victory.
After the match, Lee said, “I’m happy, but I don’t think it means much because I’m not number one, but it’s a record that I love. Playing 400 games in a row really helped me a lot. I’m grateful to everyone who helped me. I hope to continue the record in the future, and I need to be good to my teammates.”
Lee Jae-do hasn’t missed a game since October 11, 2014 against Anyang KGC (now Jeong Kwan-jang) until November 12, 2023 against Jeong Kwan-jang. It is a record that must be based on steadiness and sincerity. So what was the secret to playing 400 matches without a break?
“I didn’t start out thinking about the record. It just kept piling up as I played. Personally, I don’t think it’s a record that can be set without injuries. I honestly don’t know the secret (laughs). It feels good because it’s a difficult record. I feel like (Lee) Jung-hyun is really great,” said Lee.
In fact, Lee’s streak almost came to an end this season. He suffered a wrist injury in a practice game just before the start of the season, but he fought through it and eventually reached 400 games.
“It was the most crisis,” says Lee. I was prepared for the record to be broken. Fortunately, I think the heavens helped me. My will was also strong. I’m really glad things turned out in a good way,” he laughed.
Lee Jae-do made a meaningful record with the team victory. If he continues to work hard and maintain his performance, he is expected to continue his streak in the future.
“When I look back, I remember the hardships,” said Lee. People around me think I played 400 games without a hitch, but there were many crises in between. There were games where I played 10 seconds and one minute. I was lucky, and there were many people who helped me. There are too many to mention, so I’ll talk about them later if I get a chance.”