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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:

Uchimura primed to thrill fans once more

| Sep 20, 2014

Uchimura primed to thrill fans once more

Kohei Uchimura returns to the spotlight at the Asian Games, and the legendary gymnast’s participation raises Japan’s medal hopes in Incheon, South Korea. Gymnastics competition is scheduled to begin on Sunday. For Uchimura, it’s tune-up time and preparation just weeks before the 2014 World ...

Sep 16, 2014

FIBA spells out demands to JBA as deadline approaches

FIBA last week repeated its mandate that the Japan Basketball Association deadline for a merger between the bj-league and the NBL is Oct. 31. This occurred in Spain, where the FIBA Basketball World Cup was held. In an interview with Reuters, FIBA secretary general ...

Sep 13, 2014

Former NBA big man Ely joins Gunma Crane Thunders

Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, has accepted a contract offer to play for the Gunma Crane Thunders for the upcoming season. Ely must pass a physical exam for the contract to be finalized. The Crane Thunders, who are ...

Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

| Sep 11, 2014

Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

All professional basketball leagues have people working behind the scenes or in roles that are less glamorous than the starting five or head coach. For the Niigata Albirex BB, who became Japan’s first professional basketball team when it entered the old-school corporate Japan Basketball ...

Anatomy of a scam: Aomori targeted by fake agents

Sep 10, 2014

Anatomy of a scam: Aomori targeted by fake agents

A trail of deceit has produced fake 2014-15 contracts for several American basketball players for the Aomori Wat’s, The Japan Times learned during a one-month investigation of alleged fraudulent agents. This was known first: The Wat’s, a second-year franchise that had a winning record ...

Sep 6, 2014

Alvark hold off Kings' spirited comeback

The Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday’s preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 ...

FIBA may arbitrate Pavlicevic-Wakayama dispute

Sep 5, 2014

FIBA may arbitrate Pavlicevic-Wakayama dispute

The Wakayama Trians gave Zeljko Pavlicevic a guaranteed two-year contract when he was hired in 2013 to lead the team, formerly based in Osaka, as it made the transition from the Japan Basketball League to its successor, the National Basketball League. The Croatian bench ...

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

| Sep 4, 2014

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

The preseason began in earnest for the league’s 10th season on Wednesday. But this time with a twist. The reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings played host to the NBL powerhouse Toyota Alvark in the first of two scheduled exhibition games in a three-day span ...

Veteran Aoki to return next season

Sep 1, 2014

Veteran Aoki to return next season

Cohey Aoki contemplated retirement this offseason, but has decided to extend his playing career. The bj-league’s most decorated All-Star, an eight-time selection in as many midseason showcase games, will play for his hometown Rizing Fukuoka during the 2014-15 season, it was announced on Sunday. ...