Kyoto brings back All-Star forward Warren

| Jul 10, 2014

Kyoto brings back All-Star forward Warren

With a veteran-dominated roster responding to the arrival of a new head coach, the Rizing Fukuoka found a way to salvage their topsy-turvy 2013-14 season after the All-Star break and earn a trip to the playoffs. But the Rizing, who were the league’s championship ...

Jul 5, 2014

Casey Hill named to Golden State's Summer League coaching staff

Former Tokyo Apache assistant coach Casey Hill is keeping busy this summer. This offseason, the Santa Cruz Warriors head coach has been reading books authored by legendary coaches Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, the Santa Cruz (California) Sentinel reported. He’s also preparing to work ...

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Jul 4, 2014

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Veteran guard Akitomo Takeno, a perimeter marksman with an explosive first step, has left the Rizing Fukuoka and OK’d a contractual agreement to play for the Akita Northern Happinets for the 2014-15 season. The Happinets, last season’s championship runnerup team, announced the deal on ...

Togashi invited to Mavericks tryout camp

Jul 2, 2014

Togashi invited to Mavericks tryout camp

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to participate in a three-day tryout camp starting on Monday. Noriaki Oshitari, who represents Togashi for Cloud9 Co., Ltd., confirmed the details in an email to The Japan Times on Wednesday evening. In short, the ...

IOC visit puts spotlight on 2020 venues, budget

| Jun 28, 2014

IOC visit puts spotlight on 2020 venues, budget

It’s no shocking revelation that the IOC’s planning revolves around lots of meetings. Case in point: preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This week marked the first of 10 scheduled IOC Coordination Commission visits to Tokyo before the 2020 Summer Games. Former Prime Minister ...

Jun 27, 2014

Upcoming bj-league season set for Oct. 4 start

The 2014-15 bj-league season, the league’s 10th, is set to tip off on Oct. 4. Each of the league’s 22 teams, including the expansion Fukushima Firebonds, will play regular-season 52 games, according to a news release issued on Thursday. With the addition of Fukushima, ...

Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season

| Jun 26, 2014

Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season

As expected, the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings have decided to renew coach Tsutomu Isa’s contract for the 2014-15 season. The Okinawan native has been with the franchise since its inception in 2007, working as an assistant coach for six seasons before being promoted ...

Jun 22, 2014

Kawachi appointed to JBA board

Toshimitsu Kawachi, the commissioner of the bj-league since its establishment in 2004, on Saturday was appointed to the Japan Basketball Association board, which has been tasked with forming the new, tentatively named P League for the 2016-17 season. To take a step forward, the ...

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 ...