The Korean national basketball team (alternate names include Republic of Korea and South Korea) is the team representing South Korea in international men's basketball competitions. It is administered by the Korea Basketball Association (KBA) (Korean: 대한농구협회).
Based on the number of overall medals won, South Korea is the major force among basketball teams of FIBA Asia. The team has won a record number of 23 medals at the FIBA Asia Championship. Furthermore, South Korea is the only nation that has qualified for this event every year since it was first held in 1960.
Throughout its basketball history, South Korea has always been among the top teams in Asia. Despite often considered as standing in the shadow of China, the team had its moments of glory. The first major accomplishment was at the 1948 Summer Olympics, when it finished 8th, better than any other Asian nation, and ahead of teams such as Canada, Argentina, and Italy.
1948 Olympic Games: finished 8th among 23 teams Ahn Byung-Suk, Bang Won-Sun, Chang Chin-Ri, Chyo Joon-Deuk, Kang Hyun-Bong, Kim Shin-Chung, Lee Yung-Choon, Lee Hoon-Sang, Oh Chul-Soo
1956 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 15 teams Ahn Byung-Suk, Kim Young-Su, Cho Byung-Hyun, Kim Choon-Pae, Kim Young-Ki, Ko Se-Te, Paik Nan-Chung, Choi Tae-Kon, Ahn Young-Sik, Kim Hyung-I
1964 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 16 teams Shin Dong-pa, Moon Hyun-chang, Kim Young-il, Kim Seung-kyu, Chung Jin-bong, Lee Byung-koo, Kim Young-ki, Kim Chung-sun, Ha Ui-kun, Kim Moo-hyun, Bang Yeul, Kim In-kun (Coach: Kim Hee)
1968 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams Shin Dong-pa, Lee In-pyo, Kim Young-il, Kim Moo-hyun, Kim In-kun, Choi Jong-kyu, Lee Kyung-jae, Ha Ui-kun, Yoo Hee-hyung, Park Han, Lee Byung-koo, Kwak Hyun-chae (Coach: Lee Kyung-jae, J. Jeff Gausepohl)
1970 World Championship: finished 11th among 13 teams Shin Dong-pa, Lee In-pyo, Kim In-kun, Kim Young-il, Park Han, Choi Jong-kyu, Yoo Hee-hyung, Lee Byung-koo, Yoo Jung-kun, Lee Ja-young, Shin Hyun-soo, Kwak Hyun-chae (Coach: Kim Young-ki)
1978 World Championship: finished 13th among 14 teams Kim In-Jin, Kim Pyung-Man, Jung Young-Soo, Jang Bong-Hak, Park Sang-Ung, Park Soo-Kyo, Kim Sang-Chun, Kim Hyung-Nyun, Kim Dong-Kwang, Koo Jong-Hoo, Lee Mun-Kyu, Choi Bu-Young (Coach: Kim Moo-Hyung)
1986 World Championship: finished 22nd among 24 teams Hur Jae, Park In-kyu, Lee Min-hyun, Cho Yoon-ho, Han Ki-bum, Lee Mun-kyu, Kim Hyun-jun, Kim You-taek, Kim Sung-wook, Lee Won-woo, Lee Chung-hee, Goh Myong-hwa (Coach: Kim In-kun)
1988 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams Hur Jae, Lee Mun-Kyu, Han Ki-Bum, Kim Hyun-Jun, Kim Yoo-taek, Lee Won-woo, Lee Chung-hee, Park Jong-chun, Kim Yoon-hoo, Oh Seh-woong, Yoo Jae-hak, Choi Chul-kwon (Coach: Pang Yul)
1990 World Championship: finished 15th among 16 teams Hur Jae, Kim Hyun-jun, Kang Dong-hee, Kim Yoo-taek, Lee Chung-hee, Lee Won-woo, Lee Min-hyun, Seo Dae-seong, Choi Byung-shik, Kim Jin, Jung Jae-kun, Pyo Pil-sang (Coach: Kim In-kun)
1994 World Championship: finished 13th among 16 teams Hur Jae, Kang Dong-hee, Hyun Joo-yup, Mun Kyung-eun, Kim Yoo-taek, Jung Jae-kun, Lee Sang-min, Kim Young-man, Seo Jang-hun, Kim Seung-ki, Oh Sung-sik, Chun Hee-chul (Coach: Lee In-pyo)
1996 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 12 teams Hur Jae, Kang Dong-hee, Hyun Joo-yup, Lee Sang-min, Mun Kyung-eun, Jung Jae-kun, Oh Sung-sik, Woo Ji-won, Chung Kyung-ho, Yang Hee-seung, Cho Dong-gi, Chun Hee-chul (Coach: Choi In-sun)
1998 World Championship: finished 16th among 16 teams Kang Dong-hee, Lee Sang-min, Hyun Joo-yup, Mun Kyung-eun, Seo Jang-hun, Kim Sung-chul, Kim Joo-Sung, Choo Seung-gyun, Kim Hee-sun, Kim Byong-chul, Yang Kyung-min, Cho Sang-hyun (Coach: Chung Kwang-suk)