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Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

May 23, 2015

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets dominated the second half against the Iwate Big Bulls, turning a tie game into a convincing victory. First-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa guided the Northern Happinets to an 84-68 Eastern Conference final victory over the Big Bulls at Ariake Colosseum ...

May 23, 2015

Firebonds renew Fujita's contract

The Fukushima Firebonds have renewed head coach Hiroki Fujita’s contact for the 2015-16 bj-league season. The team made the announcement on its website on Thursday. The 29-year-old Fujita guided the first-year franchise to a 21-31 record during the regular season and a seventh-place finish ...

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

| May 16, 2015

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

by Ed Odeven

Years before Julius Erving became the iconic Dr. J and one of basketball’s all-time legends, he established a friendship with Bob Nash that has lasted for decades. Before Erving began his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts, and before Nash attended San Jacinto ...

May 14, 2015

Shimoji won't return to coach Saitama for 2015-16 season

by Ed Odeven

As expected, the Saitama Broncos are making a coaching change after another atrocious season. Head coach Kazuaki Shimoji won’t be back on the sideline for the 2015-16 campaign, the Broncos announced on Thursday afternoon. Saitama posted a 6-46 record in Shimoji’s lone season at ...

May 13, 2015

Niigata parts ways with Hiraoka

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB reached the playoffs in each of Fujitaka Hiraoka’s two seasons as head coach. But they failed to advance to the Final Four, which they did in May 2013 under Hiraoka’s predecessor, Matt Garrison. On Wednesday, the Albirex announced that Hiraoka, ...

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

May 10, 2015

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

by Ed Odeven

The Final Four picture is now set, and it’s a decidedly different look this year. The Akita Northern Happinets and Iwate Big Bulls will represent the Eastern Conference, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shiga Lakestars advanced from the Western Conference. The Big Bulls ...

May 9, 2015

Murry sinks shot at buzzer to lift Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

Nile Murry provided the heroics in crunch time. The veteran guard nailed a buzzer-beating jumper from the top of the key to shatter a late tie, and the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix outlasted the defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings 71-69 in overtime in Game 1 ...

May 8, 2015

Toyama's Joho needs to rest ailing knee in offseason

by Ed Odeven

Toyama Grouses star Masashi Joho won’t have offseason surgery after sustaining a knee injury in the final week of the regular season. “I don’t need surgery,” Joho told The Japan Times on Friday night. “I need to rest.” The 33-year-old Joho sustained a medial ...