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Ed Odeven

Ed Odeven covers primarily basketball for The Japan Times. He reported from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Summer Games for this newspaper. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Odeven is a graduate of Arizona State University. He previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Ariz., reporting on high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic sports (Flagstaff is a major international Olympic training site due to its high elevation) and writing a weekly column. His articles have also appeared in Venezuela Online News, the Jamaica Gleaner, the Monitor (Uganda), The Moscow Times and Swimming World Magazine.

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Lakestars land MVP Johnson

| Jul 30, 2015

Lakestars land MVP Johnson

After reaching the Final Four for the first time in franchise history in May, the Shiga Lakestars are tweaking their roster. Forward Terrance Woodbury, an NBA Development League veteran who averaged a team-high 18.3 points during the 2014-15 campaign, won’t return for the upcoming ...

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original bench boss, on the ...

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

| Jul 17, 2015

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

As the summer marches on and the start of training camp gets closer and closer, it appears that the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix will not have a roster resembling the one that captured the title in May. Star guard Nile Murry, the playoff ...

Jul 7, 2015

All-Star Game slated for Jan. 24

The bj-league’s 10th All-Star Game will be held at Sendai’s Xebio Arena on Jan. 24, 2016, it was announced on Tuesday. It will also be the final All-Star Game before the upstart circuit’s forced merger with NBL and NBDL teams, as orchestrated by the ...

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

| Jul 4, 2015

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

It’s no surprise that the Hiroshima Lightning have endured a soap opera-like saga before even playing their first bj-league game. In fact, it’s quite predictable. Leadership woes and institutional ineptitude have plagued Japan basketball for many decades, and a fundamental lack of understanding about ...

| Jul 2, 2015

HeatDevils make geographical name change

The Oita HeatDevils, who joined the bj-league as one of six teams for its inaugural 2005-06 season, have changed their name. It’s now slightly longer. The club, which has been based in Kyushu since it was established in 2005, is now known as the ...

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

Jun 30, 2015

Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

Despite her team’s poor start, Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki has been a bright spot for the WNBA club in the early going this season. The 191-cm forward, who signed with the Storm in April, had consecutive season-high scoring performances over the weekend. On ...

Jun 29, 2015

Big Bulls name Katsuhisa new head coach

Geoffrey Katsuhisa is the Iwate Big Bulls’ new head coach, the bj-league squad announced on Monday. Katsuhisa steps into the spotlight following Dai Oketani’s departure after three stellar seasons and three playoff appearances at the helm, and the Big Bulls are coming off their ...