B. League ready to begin first-ever season

Sep 21, 2016

B. League ready to begin first-ever season

A new era in Japan pro basketball begins this week. Thirty-six teams, equally divided among the first and second divisions, will vie for popularity and notoriety in the inaugural B. League season. It all starts on Thursday night at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, where the ...

Enthusiastic players unite to promote new league

| Sep 15, 2016

Enthusiastic players unite to promote new league

Players were upbeat and enthusiastic, and a positive vibe filled the room. And what else could be expected? The new league, featuring the 18-team first division and 18-team second division (and a less-heralded third division), offers a new opportunity to unite the nation’s basketball ...

Sep 3, 2016

NBA vet Barron signs with Toyama

The Toyama Grouses on Saturday announced the signing of veteran NBA center Earl Barron to a contract for the 2016-17 season. The 211-cm Barron has played for seven NBA teams (Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State ...

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

| Aug 27, 2016

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

A few days before the Rio Olympics kicked off, Mototaka Kohama, the godfather of Japanese basketball, reunited with one of his closest friends. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made a long-awaited visit to Japan to see Kohama. The two men hadn’t seen each ...