Hur Jae (born September 28, 1965 in Chuncheon) is a South Korean basketball coach and former player who competed from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s (decade). At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, he took the Athlete's Oath with handball player Son Mi-na.
|Revised Romanization||Heo Jae|
In 1988, he joined the Amateur basketball team of Kia Motors. He led his team the champion straight five years (1988–1993) and straight two years (1995–1996), and he won the Most Valuable Player; MVP three times. After foundation of the Professional league, he won the Finals MVP in 1997–98.
On March 3, 1991, Hur Jae was involved in an infamous brawl during a championship match against Hyundai. Early in the first half, Hur Jae was elbowed by Hyundai's Im Dal-sik. Hur Jae furiously approached Im Dal-sik, pushing him in the head, and Im Dal-sik responded by hitting Hur Jae with a right hand. After both players were ejected, Hur Jae confronted Im Dal-sik again, and Im Dal-sik's teammate, Kim Sung-wook connected with a thunderous tiger uppercut to Hur Jae's jaw. Hur Jae suffered a fractured jaw which took 3 months to heal. Both Hur Jae and Im Dal-sik were suspended for 6 months and Kim Sung Wook was suspended for 3 months following the incident.
He retired on April, 2004. His team TG Xers made his number nine the retired number for the first time of team's history.
Jae also competed in two Summer Olympics, earning his best finish of ninth in men's team event at Seoul in 1988.
In 1990, Jae set the record for most points in a FIBA World Championship match, a record that still stands to this day, scoring 54 vs. Egypt in a 117-115 victory for 15th place.
In 2005, he became the head coach of Jeonju KCC Egis and the Korean National Team.