Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

May 24, 2014

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 43-9 regular-season record was no accident. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s team plays feisty, opportunistic and, most important, strong fundamental defense. This has never been more evident than in the bj-league’s Western Conference final at Ariake Colosseum on Saturday night. Exhibit A: ...

Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...

May 16, 2014

Kanazawa to coach NBDL's Yamagata team

The well-traveled Atsushi Kanazawa will lead the Passlab Yamagata Wyverns in the NBDL, the JBL2′s successor, next season, it was announced on Thursday. “It is a great honor to be in charge of a new team,” Kanazawa was quoted as saying in published reports. ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

Streaking Grouses advance to first Final Four

May 12, 2014

Streaking Grouses advance to first Final Four

Maybe 13 is a lucky number after all. The Toyama Grouses rolled to their 13th consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon, earning a trip to the bj-league’s Final Four for the first time in franchise history. Coach Bob Nash’s club defeated the Niigata Albirex BB ...