Jun 9, 2015

Munakata replaces Kawai on Shinshu bench

Six days after his tenure with the Amori Wat’s ended, Koju Munakata became the Shinshu Brave Warriors’ new head coach. The bj-league’s Eastern Conference team announced the hire on Monday. The 48-year-old Munakata led the Aomori Wat’s for the past two seasons, which were ...

Jun 5, 2015

Aoki named Yokohama B-Corsairs coach

After two seasons as a Yokohama B-Corsairs assistant coach, Taketo Aoki has been promoted to bench boss, the bj-league squad announced on Friday. Aoki, 41, worked under ex-coach Michael Katsuhisa during the past two seasons. A Kanagawa Prefecture native, he retired as a player ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

Now, more than ever, the coaching profession is on impossibly shaky ground in the bj-league. Job security is, well, only a theory. Already this offseason, 12 head coaches from the 22 teams who competed in the 2014-15 season have parted ways with their clubs. ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB’s new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three ...

Oketani leaves Iwate Big Bulls after three seasons at the helm

May 29, 2015

Oketani leaves Iwate Big Bulls after three seasons at the helm

After three successful seasons in charge, Iwate Big Bulls coach Dai Oketani’s tenure has ended, the Eastern Conference club announced on Friday evening. Oketani guided Iwate to three straight winning seasons and took the Tohoku franchise to its first-ever Final Four last week. Oketani ...

May 27, 2015

Cinq Reves cut ties with head coach Aoki

The Tokyo Cinq Reves have decided not to renew head coach Motofumi Aoki’s contract, the bj-league club recently announced on its website. The Cinq Reves had a league-worst 5-47 record this season. Aoki, 50, has guided the Eastern Conference squad since its inception in ...

Murry named MVP after fourth-quarter heroics

May 24, 2015

Murry named MVP after fourth-quarter heroics

Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix guard Nile Murry carried his team in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s bj-league championship game. The Texas Christian University alum sparked the Phoenix, but not without the vital passing from teammate Mo Charlo, who doled out five assists in the final ...

Phoenix beat Northern Happinets to capture third bj-league title

May 24, 2015

Phoenix beat Northern Happinets to capture third bj-league title

The final two possessions determined the outcome, creating a thrilling finish to the bj-league’s 10th Final Four. Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix power forward Olu Ashaolu’s driving layup with 3.1 seconds remaining shattered a tie. The Akita Northern then Happinets had one last sequence to go ...