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Holm excited about return to Sendai

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Chris Holm, an integral part of the Sendai 89ers’ success during the final years of the Honoo Hamaguchi era, is returning to the Tohoku-based club. The veteran center finalized a deal with the 89ers for the 2015-16 season, the team recently announced. One of the premier rebounders in league history, ...

Defending champ Hamamatsu signs Warren

| Aug 13, 2015

Defending champ Hamamatsu signs Warren

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Reggie Warren, one of the premier players in bj-league history, will suit up for the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix in the circuit’s final campaign. The Phoenix, who entered last season’s playoffs as the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed, made the announcement over the ...

Aug 8, 2015

Wat's acquire Murry, Alexander

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The Aomori Wat’s have finalized contractual agreements with veteran guard Nile Murry and post player Quintin “Kwame” Alexander, the bj-league club announced on Friday. Murry, one of the most familiar and popular players in the league, was named the playoff MVP in May after ...

Lakestars land MVP Johnson

| Jul 30, 2015

Lakestars land MVP Johnson

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After reaching the Final Four for the first time in franchise history in May, the Shiga Lakestars are tweaking their roster. Forward Terrance Woodbury, an NBA Development League veteran who averaged a team-high 18.3 points during the 2014-15 campaign, won’t return for the upcoming ...

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

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The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original bench boss, on the ...

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

| Jul 17, 2015

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

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As the summer marches on and the start of training camp gets closer and closer, it appears that the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix will not have a roster resembling the one that captured the title in May. Star guard Nile Murry, the playoff ...

Jul 7, 2015

All-Star Game slated for Jan. 24

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The bj-league’s 10th All-Star Game will be held at Sendai’s Xebio Arena on Jan. 24, 2016, it was announced on Tuesday. It will also be the final All-Star Game before the upstart circuit’s forced merger with NBL and NBDL teams, as orchestrated by the ...

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

| Jul 4, 2015

Fairness prevails in Hiroshima saga

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It’s no surprise that the Hiroshima Lightning have endured a soap opera-like saga before even playing their first bj-league game. In fact, it’s quite predictable. Leadership woes and institutional ineptitude have plagued Japan basketball for many decades, and a fundamental lack of understanding about ...

Jun 29, 2015

Big Bulls name Katsuhisa new head coach

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Geoffrey Katsuhisa is the Iwate Big Bulls’ new head coach, the bj-league squad announced on Monday. Katsuhisa steps into the spotlight following Dai Oketani’s departure after three stellar seasons and three playoff appearances at the helm, and the Big Bulls are coming off their ...