Apr 2, 2015

Hiroshima Lightning approved as 2015-16 expansion team

The Hiroshima Lightning will replace the Astrais Nagasaki as a new team entering the bj-league for the 2015-16 campaign, it was announced on Wednesday. Last week, Nagasaki Sports Town Management Co. Ltd.’s application to withdraw its entry for the upcoming season was approved by ...

Playoff race gathering momentum

| Apr 2, 2015

Playoff race gathering momentum

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Yokohama B-Corsairs. Second-year head coach Michael Katsuhisa’s squad endured the 14-game absence of big man Wayne Marshall from November through mid-January and the adjustment of adding key newcomers, including Dzaflo Larkai, Carl Hall and Warren Niles. The ...

George Washington, Watanabe could play future games in Japan

Mar 31, 2015

George Washington, Watanabe could play future games in Japan

George Washington’s Yuta Watanabe made a solid impact as a freshman forward this college basketball season. As a result, this has sparked greater interest in his career in Japan among hard-core fans and casual observers — plus the national media spotlight on NHK and ...

Mar 29, 2015

B-Corsairs sink Firebonds

The Yokohama B-Corsairs dropped a 15-point contest — and yielded 106 points — to the Fukushima Firebonds in Saturday’s bj-league series opener. On Sunday, the B-Corsairs returned the favor. What was an eight-point advantage for the hosts after one quarter turned into a rout. ...

Backcourt stars Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama

Mar 28, 2015

Backcourt stars Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama

The Fukushima Firebonds put on a shooting clinic from 3-point range at Yokohama International Swimming Pool on Saturday. Yes, their long-range perimeter marksmen did their best impersonation of the Golden State Warriors — indeed, the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, would’ve enjoyed ...

Nash has Toyama eyeing Final Four again

| Mar 26, 2015

Nash has Toyama eyeing Final Four again

Due to one of the quirks of the league schedule, the Toyama Grouses won’t face the reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings during the regular season. But they’ve fared quite well against other elite clubs. Toyama is a combined 8-2 against a quartet of title ...

Kawabuchi doubles down on Japan 2024 Task Force agenda

Mar 25, 2015

Kawabuchi doubles down on Japan 2024 Task Force agenda

Change can be quite difficult, and there’s often resistance to it. Reforming the Japan Basketball Association fits that description, too. And ushering in a new, unified era for men’s professional basketball here does not go hand in hand with all key leaders nodding their ...