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Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

| Jun 2, 2014

Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

by Ed Odeven

In his many decades in the game, Kazuo Nakamura tinkered with an up-tempo style of basketball he wanted his teams to play. And in recent years, it often involved several of his players taking quick 3-point shots as often as possible. Nakamura’s run-and-gun style ...

May 30, 2014

Kawai to remain Shinshu coach for 2014-15 season

by Ed Odeven

After leading the Shinshu Brave Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, head coach Ryuji Kawai will return to the sideline for the bj-league’s 2014-15 season, the Eastern Conference club announced on Thursday. Kawai guided the Nagano Prefecture-based Warriors to ...

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

by Ed Odeven

What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

May 24, 2014

Golden Kings move one step closer to crown

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings’ 43-9 regular-season record was no accident. Coach Tsutomu Isa’s team plays feisty, opportunistic and, most important, strong fundamental defense. This has never been more evident than in the bj-league’s Western Conference final at Ariake Colosseum on Saturday night. Exhibit A: ...

Ryukyu favored to win third title

| May 22, 2014

Ryukyu favored to win third title

by Ed Odeven

This season’s title chase features three teams that have won 40 or more games, and the winner will be crowned at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, are the only one of the quartet returning to Tokyo for this season’s Final Four, ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

by Ed Odeven

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

Streaking Grouses advance to first Final Four

May 12, 2014

Streaking Grouses advance to first Final Four

by Ed Odeven

Maybe 13 is a lucky number after all. The Toyama Grouses rolled to their 13th consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon, earning a trip to the bj-league’s Final Four for the first time in franchise history. Coach Bob Nash’s club defeated the Niigata Albirex BB ...