| Feb 13, 2014

Perpetual problems plague Japan Basketball Association

Intermittent hullabaloo by the Japan Basketball Association’s big wigs about “big plans” for the future of men’s basketball generally produces one thing: a collective yawn by those who analyze such things. Can you blame them? The sport here is in a state of perpetual ...

Feb 9, 2014

Shinshu outlasts Akita in overtime

Every winning streak must come to an end. For the Akita Northern Happinets, that happened on Sunday. And it was a spirited performance by the host Shinshu Brave Warriors that delivered a 105-102 defeat to Akita. The Happinets’ 12-game winning streak, which began on ...

Feb 5, 2014

Herb Brown to receive NABC Lifetime Achievement Award

Herb Brown, a longtime fixture in the NBA and global basketball, has been tabbed for special recognition by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In April, Brown, who served as an adviser coach for Japan’s FIBA Asia Championship for Women’s title-winning team last fall, ...

Feb 2, 2014

Akita holds off Takamatsu for 11th consecutive victory

The Akita Northern Happinets edged the Takamatsu Five Arrows on Sunday, winning 77-75 to record a two-game series sweep on the road. The Northern Happinets (28-4) extended their winning streak to 11 games. They sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, fueled by a high-powered ...

Feb 1, 2014

Pomare, Iwate sail past Ryukyu in OT

Gyno Pomare delivered a splendid performance for the Iwate Big Bulls on Saturday evening. His team needed every ounce of energy he provided, every statistic in the box score, too. When it was over, Pomare had 33 points, 21 rebounds and two blocked shots ...