Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

| Sep 4, 2014

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

The preseason began in earnest for the league’s 10th season on Wednesday. But this time with a twist. The reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings played host to the NBL powerhouse Toyota Alvark in the first of two scheduled exhibition games in a three-day span ...

Veteran Aoki to return next season

Sep 1, 2014

Veteran Aoki to return next season

Cohey Aoki contemplated retirement this offseason, but has decided to extend his playing career. The bj-league’s most decorated All-Star, an eight-time selection in as many midseason showcase games, will play for his hometown Rizing Fukuoka during the 2014-15 season, it was announced on Sunday. ...

Evessa greats commemorate team's 10th anniversary

| Aug 29, 2014

Evessa greats commemorate team's 10th anniversary

As the Osaka Evessa make preparations for their 10th season, they’ve started commemorating the franchise’s rich history. They were, after all, the first champion in league history, winning the 2005-06 title. They captured the next two championships under former bench boss Kensaku Tennichi. Their ...

Nearly 50 years on, Bradley recalls 1964 Tokyo Games

Aug 28, 2014

Nearly 50 years on, Bradley recalls 1964 Tokyo Games

As Bill Bradley remembers an unforgettable time in a life filled with extraordinary accomplishments, national pride as a collective experience remains a cherished memory from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Visiting Japan for the first time, the future three-term New Jersey Senator admitted he gained ...

Aug 22, 2014

Evessa sign forwards Hamilton, Tarver

Veteran forward Gary Hamilton, an accomplished rebounder and frontcourt leader for the Shiga Lakestars and Rizing Fukuoka in past bj-league seasons, is returning to Japan. The University of Miami (Florida) product has finalized a deal to play for the Osaka Evessa this season, the ...

Wakayama negotiating to bring back Pavlicevic

Aug 15, 2014

Wakayama negotiating to bring back Pavlicevic

After a complete organizational shake-up that included a planned switch to a new coach, veteran bench boss Zeljko Pavlicevic is in discussions with Wakayama Trians ownership to return to lead the team for the 2014-15 season, The Japan Times has learned. The cash-strapped Trians, ...

Aug 10, 2014

Japan falls to 0-2 in William Jones Cup

The Japan men’s national basketball team dropped its first two games at the 36th annual William Jones Cup tournament in Taipei over the weekend. On Sunday, Iran put on a rebounding clinic (65-22 edge) and defeated Japan 79-72 in overtime. NBA hopeful Yuki Togashi ...