Fukushima's Karimata capitalizes on opportunity

| Oct 9, 2014

Fukushima's Karimata capitalizes on opportunity

Fukushima Firebonds management achieved its first victory by establishing a pro basketball team for the residents of the Tohoku prefecture. Victory No. 2, more symbolic in the annals of sports, came on Sunday in the team’s second regular-season game. The result? The first-year franchise ...

Oct 7, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds sign Jones to bolster backcourt

The Fukushima Firebonds have signed guard Verdell Jones III, bj-league sources have told The Japan Times. The Indiana University product is currently waiting for his visa paperwork to be processed. The expansion Firebonds went 1-1 in the first weekend of the regular season, edging ...

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

Oct 7, 2014

Togashi invited to Dallas Mavericks training camp

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to their preseason training camp, according to Cloud9, his management company. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and Togashi is scheduled to travel to Dallas on Saturday. Japanese supporters expressed their excitement via Twitter. Exhibit ...

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Oct 5, 2014

Ide guides Cinq Reves past Broncos

Yuji Ide emerged as a team catalyst for the Tokyo Cinq Reves last season. He averaged 15.0 points per game and was named the bj-league’s Most Improved Player award for the 2013-14 season, his second in the league, though he played only 54 total ...

Oct 4, 2014

Fukushima falls to Aomori in bj-league opener

The Aomori Wat’s began their second season by recording a road victory against the Fukushima Firebonds, a first-year franchise, on Saturday night. The final score: Aomori 82, Fukushima 70. An announced crowd of 2,018 witnessed the first regular-season game in Firebonds history, and nine ...

Key questions entering 10th season

| Oct 2, 2014

Key questions entering 10th season

Japan’s first men’s pro basketball circuit tips off its 10th season with 10 games on Saturday. Now with a new title sponsor on board, the Turkish Airlines bj-league will have one franchise making its regular-season debut on the same day. The Fukushima Firebonds play ...

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

| Sep 25, 2014

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

In a move that could have a profound impact on the professional basketball landscape in Japan, Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title sponsor for the bj-league. The league, entering its 10th season, announced the blockbuster agreement, a contract for two seasons, on ...