While I never noticed it before when KGJ was with Sarang, this latest tournament in Macau revealed KGJ's (current?) ineffectiveness at the front. It was curious to see how often LYD was smashing at the back, but distinctly disturbing to see how KGJ let everything go by to LYD, especially the half-chances where he could have done a block. Very few people have the reaction speed of Sukamuljo (maybe setiawan, who in his peak had telepathic abilities), but just the basic front court play to cut/block the shots within reach KGJ failed to do. Had it been LYD, he would have used those chances to set himself up. There are two distinct concerns: one is ability and one is form. While their form can certainly be improved (probably B+ at the moment) I don't think KGJ had the ability to be a sufficiently effective front court player (a la Gideon, or even Yoo at his peak) to partner LYD. On the other hand, I think his back court play is good enough, at least when he's not smashing it into the net, and yes, the minions can soak it up but if they can soak up Liu Cheng's smashes, then no Korean player, including Ko, can smash through either. They will have to rely on hard work and LYD's smart play and overall counter-attacking defence. I have long given up on hoping that LYD will learn how to do a proper drop shot. He never uses his, and on the rare occasion that he does, you can read it a mile away. I'm sure we all miss JJS's awesome check-smash drop shots.