Jun 3, 2016

Niigata selects Shoji to be next head coach

Kazuhiro Shoji, a former Niigata Albirex BB player at the start of the 21st century, takes over as the team’s new head coach as the franchise prepares for the inaugural B. League season. The Albirex made the announcement on Thursday. Shoji, 42, returns to ...

Coaching moves already underway

| Jun 2, 2016

Coaching moves already underway

The annual coaching carousel changes the landscape of who’s in charge. With the conclusion of the bj-league’s 11th and final season on May 15, when the Ryukyu Golden Kings captured their record fourth title, a number of teams have switched — or plan to ...

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

| May 28, 2016

Experts decry bringing pro boxers to Rio

Whether or not the International Boxing Association (AIBA) allows professional boxers to compete at the Olympics for the first time at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Games, the idea has sparked widespread criticism. The sport’s world governing body reportedly plans to finalize its decision ...

McHenry revels in Golden Kings' legacy

| May 19, 2016

McHenry revels in Golden Kings' legacy

Winning a title to close out the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable stretch of sustained excellence in the bj-league put a huge smile on Golden Kings legend Anthony McHenry’s face. Like the rest of his teammates, McHenry’s post-game mood was euphoric on Sunday, when the ...

Gunma's Hamilton happy to help others shine

| May 18, 2016

Gunma's Hamilton happy to help others shine

The Japan Times has featured periodic interviews with players in the bj-league since 2006 in this long-running series. Gary Hamilton of the Gunma Crane Thunders is the subject of this week’s profile. Because the league’s final game was held on Sunday, this article wraps ...

Golden Kings bring curtain down on bj-league with fourth title

May 15, 2016

Golden Kings bring curtain down on bj-league with fourth title

Four championships in nine seasons. That’s the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable legacy in the bj-league. The Golden Kings closed out the league’s 11th season, its final chapter, with a solid all-around game on Sunday, beating the Toyama Grouses 86-74 at Ariake Colosseum before a ...

Ryukyu's Ravenel named playoff MVP

May 15, 2016

Ryukyu's Ravenel named playoff MVP

Ryukyu Golden Kings big man Evan Ravenel made a big impact in Sunday’s bj-league championship game against the Toyama Grouses. The Ohio State alum scored nine of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and pulled down 12 rebounds. He made 10 of ...

Viney leads charge as Grouses storm into bj-league title game

May 14, 2016

Viney leads charge as Grouses storm into bj-league title game

For the Toyama Grouses’ loyal fans, the team’s 14-game winning streak is a delightful number. But they have another number in mind — No. 15. That challenge awaits them on Sunday in the team’s first-ever appearance in the bj-league title game. Head coach Bob ...