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Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

by Ed Odeven

All professional basketball leagues have people working behind the scenes or in roles that are less glamorous than the starting five or head coach. For the Niigata Albirex BB, who became Japan’s first professional basketball team when it entered the old-school corporate Japan Basketball League in 2000, with current bj-league ...

Sep 6, 2014

Alvark hold off Kings' spirited comeback

by Ed Odeven

The Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday’s preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 ...

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

| Sep 4, 2014

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

by Ed Odeven

The preseason began in earnest for the league’s 10th season on Wednesday. But this time with a twist. The reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings played host to the NBL powerhouse Toyota Alvark in the first of two scheduled exhibition games in a three-day span ...

Veteran Aoki to return next season

Sep 1, 2014

Veteran Aoki to return next season

by Ed Odeven

Cohey Aoki contemplated retirement this offseason, but has decided to extend his playing career. The bj-league’s most decorated All-Star, an eight-time selection in as many midseason showcase games, will play for his hometown Rizing Fukuoka during the 2014-15 season, it was announced on Sunday. ...

Aug 22, 2014

Evessa sign forwards Hamilton, Tarver

by Ed Odeven

Veteran forward Gary Hamilton, an accomplished rebounder and frontcourt leader for the Shiga Lakestars and Rizing Fukuoka in past bj-league seasons, is returning to Japan. The University of Miami (Florida) product has finalized a deal to play for the Osaka Evessa this season, the ...

Jul 25, 2014

Veteran guard Murry joins Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

Nile Murry, a dependable backcourt leader for four bj-league franchises, has joined his fifth club in the fledgling circuit. The Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix on Thursday announced Murry had finalized a contract with the club for the 2014-15 season. The 193-cm Murry spent the past ...