Jun 20, 2014

Shiga promotes female manager Morita to assistant coach

Asami Morita has earned a promotion with the Shiga Lakestars. And her new position is unique for a woman in a men’s professional sports league. The 29-year-old Nara Prefecture native will work as an assistant coach and team interpreter under new bench boss Koto ...

| Jun 19, 2014

Aomori acquires big man Williams from Takamatsu

After 50 defeats in 52 games during the 2011-12 season, the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ rebuilding project included a newcomer in the middle, Paul Williams. Without much fanfare in the mainstream media, the veteran big man played an integral role in the team’s improved performance ...

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

| Jun 14, 2014

USOC chief calls for changes in bid voting

Larry Probst, the United States Olympic Committee chairman, won’t win a popularity contest within the IOC anytime soon. Not after speaking his mind about the voting process to award Olympic cities. In an exclusive interview with Sports Business Journal late last month, Probst revealed ...

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

Jun 12, 2014

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

After an ultra-successful start in the National Basketball League, the cash-strapped Wakayama Trians are implementing big budget cuts for the upcoming season. Major changes within the organization, which is coming off a 41-13 regular season in which it won the NBL’s Western Conference crown ...

Jun 7, 2014

Togashi departs for U.S., seeks opportunity with NBA teams

Guard Yuki Togashi, who entered the bj-league as a promising backcourt leader at age 19 in February 2013, left Narita airport on Saturday to test his skills in the United States. Togashi is headed to Dallas, according to published reports. He plans to work ...

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 ...

| 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 ...