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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.

For Ed Odeven's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nash has Toyama eyeing Final Four again

| Mar 26, 2015

Nash has Toyama eyeing Final Four again

Due to one of the quirks of the league schedule, the Toyama Grouses won’t face the reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings during the regular season. But they’ve fared quite well against other elite clubs. Toyama is a combined 8-2 against a quartet of title ...

Kawabuchi doubles down on Japan 2024 Task Force agenda

Mar 25, 2015

Kawabuchi doubles down on Japan 2024 Task Force agenda

Change can be quite difficult, and there’s often resistance to it. Reforming the Japan Basketball Association fits that description, too. And ushering in a new, unified era for men’s professional basketball here does not go hand in hand with all key leaders nodding their ...

Mar 22, 2015

Kyoto outplays Hamamatsu, raises record to 18-4 on road

As impressive as the Kyoto Hannaryz have been at home this season, they are a superb team on the road, too. On Sunday, Kyoto improved to 18-4 in away contests, beating the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix 75-69 to complete a series sweep. The Western Conference-leading ...

Mar 22, 2015

Johnson has big game to lead 89ers past B-Corsairs

It was a game he’ll never forget. Guard Kejuan Johnson sparked the Sendai 89ers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals in Saturday’s 92-81 victory over the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs. Johnson, a Long Beach State product, sank 14 of 17 free throws in ...

Mar 20, 2015

Niigata whips struggling Tokyo

The Niigata Albirex BB overwhelmed the Tokyo Cinq Reves from start to finish in Friday’s bj-league series opener. Early on, Niigata jumped out to a big lead and kept the pressure on throughout the contest en route to a 104-51 road victory. The Albirex ...

Mar 15, 2015

Chapman guides Susanoo Magic past HeatDevils for series sweep

Guard Joe Chapman was an important acquisition for the Shimane Susanoo Magic during the offseason. An experienced veteran, the 30-year-old Marquette University alum has been a key on-court leader for the revamped Western Conference squad. When he has big games, his team usually follows ...

Mar 14, 2015

Hot-shooting Taguchi ignites Akita against lowly Tokyo

A simple strategy proved to be the right one for the Akita Northern Happinets on Saturday. They kept feeding the ball to shooting guard Shigehiro Taguchi, and he kept taking — and making — shots. Taguchi scored a game-high and season-high 30 points on ...

Turkish Airlines promotes name with pro game

Mar 14, 2015

Turkish Airlines promotes name with pro game

Turkish Airlines and the bj-league were both seeking to strengthen their business brands when they announced a two-year tie-up last September. The airline became the first title sponsor in the league’s 10-season history. This gave Turkish Airlines an opportunity to promote its name throughout ...