Jul 9, 2016

Ex-Fukushima stars Jones, Nash make Las Vegas Summer League debuts

Two former Fukushima Firebonds standouts made their 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League debuts on Friday night. Guard Verdell Jones III, who played college ball at Indiana University, had a team-best 12 points with three rebounds, three assists and a block for the NBA ...

Kawachi takes role with new league

| Jul 7, 2016

Kawachi takes role with new league

For 11 seasons, Toshimitsu Kawachi was the face of the bj-league. As the only commissioner in league history, he was the front man for the league’s growth from six teams in the 2005-06 season to 24 clubs this past season as well as its ...

Memories all that remain of bj-league

| Jul 2, 2016

Memories all that remain of bj-league

First in a two-part series Six weeks after the bj-league’s final game, it’s now a good time to dust the cobwebs off the memory bank . . . Hoop Scoop chronicled the highlights and lowlights of the final 10 seasons of the bj-league’s wild ...

Pierce to work for Heat during Summer League

| Jun 30, 2016

Pierce to work for Heat during Summer League

For Japan hoop followers, the Miami Heat will have a familiar face helping out during the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League. Bob Pierce has been added to the Heat’s Summer League coaching staff as an assistant. It’s another stop during his nomadic coaching career, ...

Setoguchi's life, game back on track after Swiss stint

Jun 13, 2016

Setoguchi's life, game back on track after Swiss stint

Devin Setoguchi resurrected his professional hockey career this past season in, of all places, Switzerland. The tranquility of his surroundings helped him focus solely on hockey after a life-transforming decision in April 2015: to enter rehab and quit drinking. In a recent interview with ...

'Helicopter' Humphrey joins new ABA squad RDC Vulcans as head coach

Jun 10, 2016

'Helicopter' Humphrey joins new ABA squad RDC Vulcans as head coach

John “Helicopter” Humphrey, one of the now-dissolved bj-league’s original stars, has been hired to coach the American Basketball Association’s RDC Vulcans, an expansion squad. The Vulcans made the announcement on Thursday. According to published reports, two other expansion teams are also set to join ...

Fukushima brings in Moriyama as new coach

| Jun 9, 2016

Fukushima brings in Moriyama as new coach

It didn’t take long for the Fukushima Firebonds to fill their coaching vacancy. Less than a week after original bench boss Hiroki Fujita’s departure was made public on May 27, the Firebonds named his replacement. Tomohiro Moriyama was hired to guide the team for ...