Jun 6, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds draft forwards Kanno, Masuko

Building a team from scratch, is a step-by-step process. Each new player is a piece to the puzzle. The Fukushima Firebonds, an expansion team for the 2014-15 season, made forward Shota Kanno the No. 1 pick in Friday’s bj-league rookie draft. The 22-year-old forward ...

Toyama named new coach of Shiga

| Jun 5, 2014

Toyama named new coach of Shiga

Less than two weeks after a memorable title game, the coaching carousel is moving at warp speed. The Bambitious Nara announced head coach Koto Toyama’s departure on Tuesday. He was named the Shiga Lakestars bench boss a day later, becoming the Kansai franchise’s third ...

Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

| Jun 2, 2014

Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

In his many decades in the game, Kazuo Nakamura tinkered with an up-tempo style of basketball he wanted his teams to play. And in recent years, it often involved several of his players taking quick 3-point shots as often as possible. Nakamura’s run-and-gun style ...

May 30, 2014

Kawai to remain Shinshu coach for 2014-15 season

After leading the Shinshu Brave Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, head coach Ryuji Kawai will return to the sideline for the bj-league’s 2014-15 season, the Eastern Conference club announced on Thursday. Kawai guided the Nagano Prefecture-based Warriors to ...

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

May 24, 2014

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 43-9 regular-season record was no accident. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s team plays feisty, opportunistic and, most important, strong fundamental defense. This has never been more evident than in the bj-league’s Western Conference final at Ariake Colosseum on Saturday night. Exhibit A: ...

Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...