Yokohama big man Marshall sidelined with knee injury

Nov 28, 2014

Yokohama big man Marshall sidelined with knee injury

With 10 losses in their past 11 games, the Yokohama B-Corsairs have been searching for any glimmer of hope, any good news. But there’s more bad news: Big man Wayne Marshall’s return this season is questionable. He sustained a broken knee cap on Oct. ...

Nov 27, 2014

Veteran star Parker to leave Wakayama, join Toyota

The NBL’s Wakayama Trians have gone from title contender to near-the-basement dweller in less than a year. And now, the cash-strapped Trians have lost star forward Michael Parker to the Toyota Alvark, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is expected within the next ...

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

Nov 26, 2014

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

Although nearly a month passed since FIBA’s Oct. 31 deadline for the Japan Basketball Association to present a merger plan for the bj-league and the NBL, among other demands, basketball’s world governing body delivered the expected news. On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s ...

Nov 23, 2014

Big Bulls beat B-Corsairs to stretch win streak to 14

What has defined the Iwate Big Bulls’ performance this season? Wins. Lots of wins. And what’s defined those wins? “I think we are the best ‘hustle’ team,” Iwate coach Dai Oketani told The Japan Times after the Big Bulls defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs ...

Nov 22, 2014

Saitama suffers 11th straight defeat to open bj-league season

After a 20-day break and a minor overhaul of their roster, the Saitama Broncos returned to the court on Saturday. Facing the visiting Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, coach Kazuaki Shimoji’s Broncos led after the first and second quarters, but they were outplayed in the second ...

Nov 21, 2014

Shinshu signs post player Washington

The Shinshu Brave Warriors on Friday filled a roster vacancy, signing forward/center DeVaughn Washington. The 25-year-old Washington played 10 games for the NBL’s Hyogo Storks to open the 2014-15 season. He averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field. ...

| Nov 20, 2014

Takamatsu making steady strides

Like the Osaka Evessa, their Western Conference rival, the Takamatsu Five Arrows did not push the panic button after struggling to string together back-to-back wins in early October. Smart decision. Coach Kenzo Maeda’s team has turned around its season, winning five of its past ...

Nov 18, 2014

Ryukyu defense steps up in victory over Gunma

The Ryukyu Golden Kings eked out a 74-71 victory over the visiting Gunma Crane Thunders on Tuesday night. Ryukyu held Gunma to 35.8 percent shooting from inside the 3-point arc, improving to 10-2 overall, 6-0 at home. The reigning champion Golden Kings yielded 27 ...