Korean timekeeper storms out of arena during KBL finals

Just when we thought we’ve seen it all from the Korean Basketball League, a new sequence of events got us shaking our heads in disbelief during game 3 of the 2015 KBL finals.

Late in the third quarter, Mobis Phoebus head coach Yoo Jae Hak wanted a timeout. As per the KBL rules, the coaches are not allowed to talk or signal to a referee for a timeout, they must do it through the scorers table. Throughout the entire game, Yoo Jae Hak and the scorers table faced countless miscommunications. Finally, Yoo Jae Hak had enough. He vented his rage on the professional timekeeper who wanted nothing to do with the greatest Korean coach of all-time.

The timekeeper sat there nervously as Yoo Jae Hak questioned the poor guy’s manhood. And in a country where shame is the biggest punishment, the timekeeper had enough. He bolts out of the arena taking his jacket and leaving the game behind. The game stops, and everyone is asking, “what the hell is going on”. Without a timekeeper, the game can not go on. So an awkward five minutes pass with no basketball taking place. Let us remind you that this is game 3 of the 2015 KBL Finals.

Just when they thought the game couldn’t go on, out comes the timekeeper to save the day. He bolts back in the arena through the players tunnel with a beeline towards his timekeeper seat. The game would go on, and everyone would kind of forget about what just happened.

The crazy world of the Korean Basketball Association.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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