Basketball Topics

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 a decade. As the league closes ...

Apr 17, 2014

Ryukyu's Burns garners league accolade

by Ed Odeven

Draelon Burns played an integral role in the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ splendid 24-2 record in home games this season. Exhibit A: In the first game of their final home series, Burns had 30 points (one shy of his season-high total), nine rebounds, four assists ...

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

Apr 15, 2014

Rizing Fukuoka president suspected of embezzlement

by Ed Odeven and Kaz Nagatsuka

Rizing Fukuoka president Go Takenaka was arrested by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Saturday along with three current employees of First-Consul, a Tokyo-based consulting company, and a former company employee on suspicion of embezzling ¥380 million. The alleged illegal activities took place in July and ...

Apr 12, 2014

Golden Kings take down Phoenix

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ high-powered offense was rolling on all cylinders on Saturday night. There was Draelon Burns scoring a game-high 30 points, teammate Naoto Kosuge draining 5 of 10 3-pointers and Narito Namizato dishing out seven assists. The result? The Golden Kings beat ...

Apr 11, 2014

Takamatsu edges Osaka in series opener

by Ed Odeven

While playing in their 47th regular-season game on Friday night in Moriguchi, Osaka Prefecture, two bj-league teams shared several other similarities. Until the final second of the 40-minute game. In a game tied after both the first and second quarter, the Takamatsu Five Arrows ...

Apr 10, 2014

Kyoto big man Holm recognized for rebounding prowess

by Ed Odeven

Kyoto Hannaryz center Chris Holm, one of the premier rebounders in bj-league history, had a two-game series to remember last weekend against the Takamatsu Five Arrows. Holm grabbed a whopping 29 rebounds along with 14 points in the series opener Saturday and hauled in ...

Apr 7, 2014

Crane Thunders sink B-Corsairs

by Ed Odeven

Across-the-board production carried the Gunma Crane Thunders to a bounce-back 84-76 victory over the Yokohama B-Corsairs on Monday night in the bj-league. Carlos Dixon scored 24 points and provided eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for Gunma (13-33). Teammate Jermaine Green scored 15 ...