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Toyama's Joho named league MVP

| May 1, 2014

Toyama's Joho named league MVP

by Ed Odeven

Shooting guard Masashi Joho and forward Ira Brown form a dynamic one-two punch for the Toyama Grouses, a partnership that has helped the Hokuriku-based team make significant improvements — notably a steady increase in wins — in each of their three seasons together. Here’s ...

Apr 27, 2014

Golden Kings finish regular season in style

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings shattered their own league record for victories in the regular season, and the Toyama Grouses tied the old mark on an action-packed Sunday, the final day of the bj-league’s ninth season. Golden Kings 78, Phoenix 72 In Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, ...

Apr 26, 2014

Hot-shooting Osaka routs Shimane

by Ed Odeven

They started the season with six straight wins, followed by eight consecutive defeats. And they lost four of their last six contests entering Saturday’s series opener against the Western Conference’s cellar-dwelling Shimane Susanoo Magic. So what happened for the Osaka Evessa? Seven Evessa players ...

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

| Apr 26, 2014

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

by Ed Odeven

Returning to the city where his pro basketball career was launched in 1990, Walter Palmer maintains deep convictions that a players union is a vital element for any league craving for legitimacy. Furthermore, his staunch support of sports unions brought him to Tokyo in ...

Apr 20, 2014

Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a 16-point loss at home to open the weekend, yielding 101 points to the visiting Sendai 89ers. Coach Ryuji Kawai’s team regrouped in a big, bold way and pounded the 89ers on Sunday, winning 113-91. Patrick Sanders’ long-range shooting ...

Apr 19, 2014

Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. That’s currently good for third place in the bj-league’s ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference. The ...

Nakama set to retire

Apr 19, 2014

Nakama set to retire

by Ed Odeven

Never a superstar, but always a hard-working, team-first player, shooting guard Jumpei Nakama has enjoyed popularity and the respect of his peers since the bj-league’s inception in 2005. He’s been a fan favorite throughout the country as the league has grown nonstop for nearly ...