The Professionals: Eking out a career in sports - Wong Wei Long

The Pro series: Rolling with the flow and uncertainty

Follow the journey of professional basketball player Wong Wei Long, as he talks about his life in Surabaya, Indonesia, where he played for the CLS Knights and helped them win their first championship.
CLS Knights Indonesia pro player Wong Wei Long being introduced to the club’s fans ahead of Game 4 of the ABL Finals against the Singapore Slingers at GOR Kertajaya, Surabaya on May 11, 2019.
CLS Knights Indonesia pro player Wong Wei Long being introduced to the club’s fans ahead of Game 4 of the ABL Finals against the Singapore Slingers at GOR Kertajaya, Surabaya on May 11, 2019. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Wong Wei Long with parents, Sumartini and Wong Yen Poong.
Wong Wei Long with parents, Sumartini and Wong Yen Poong.PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ WWLONG5
Wong and his wife Sopfina Toh on their wedding day on Oct 20 last year.
Wong and his wife Sopfina Toh on their wedding day on Oct 20 last year. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/ WWLONG5

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With a hearty laugh, Wong Wei Long details how his title-winning shot was not supposed to happen.

He says: "It was the biggest shot of my career, and the play wasn't even meant for me.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2019, with the headline 'Rolling with the flow and uncertainty '. Print Edition | Subscribe