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Ryukyu Golden Kings won't re-sign league icon Newton

by Ed Odeven

Big man Jeff Newton, who has played on a bj-league record six championship teams, will not be back with the Ryukyu Golden Kings for the 2014-15 season, his longtime agent Wallace Prather told The Japan Times on Friday. Newton spent the past six seasons in a Golden Kings uniform and ...

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Jul 4, 2014

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

by Ed Odeven

Veteran guard Akitomo Takeno, a perimeter marksman with an explosive first step, has left the Rizing Fukuoka and OK’d a contractual agreement to play for the Akita Northern Happinets for the 2014-15 season. The Happinets, last season’s championship runnerup team, announced the deal on ...

Jun 27, 2014

Upcoming bj-league season set for Oct. 4 start

by Ed Odeven

The 2014-15 bj-league season, the league’s 10th, is set to tip off on Oct. 4. Each of the league’s 22 teams, including the expansion Fukushima Firebonds, will play regular-season 52 games, according to a news release issued on Thursday. With the addition of Fukushima, ...

Jun 22, 2014

Kawachi appointed to JBA board

by Ed Odeven

Toshimitsu Kawachi, the commissioner of the bj-league since its establishment in 2004, on Saturday was appointed to the Japan Basketball Association board, which has been tasked with forming the new, tentatively named P League for the 2016-17 season. To take a step forward, the ...

Jun 6, 2014

Fukushima Firebonds draft forwards Kanno, Masuko

by Ed Odeven

Building a team from scratch, is a step-by-step process. Each new player is a piece to the puzzle. The Fukushima Firebonds, an expansion team for the 2014-15 season, made forward Shota Kanno the No. 1 pick in Friday’s bj-league rookie draft. The 22-year-old forward ...

Toyama named new coach of Shiga

| Jun 5, 2014

Toyama named new coach of Shiga

by Ed Odeven

Less than two weeks after a memorable title game, the coaching carousel is moving at warp speed. The Bambitious Nara announced head coach Koto Toyama’s departure on Tuesday. He was named the Shiga Lakestars bench boss a day later, becoming the Kansai franchise’s third ...