Basketball Topics

Apr 27, 2014

Golden Kings finish regular season in style

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings shattered their own league record for victories in the regular season, and the Toyama Grouses tied the old mark on an action-packed Sunday, the final day of the bj-league’s ninth season. Golden Kings 78, Phoenix 72 In Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture, ...

Apr 26, 2014

Hot-shooting Osaka routs Shimane

by Ed Odeven

They started the season with six straight wins, followed by eight consecutive defeats. And they lost four of their last six contests entering Saturday’s series opener against the Western Conference’s cellar-dwelling Shimane Susanoo Magic. So what happened for the Osaka Evessa? Seven Evessa players ...

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

| Apr 26, 2014

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

by Ed Odeven

Returning to the city where his pro basketball career was launched in 1990, Walter Palmer maintains deep convictions that a players union is a vital element for any league craving for legitimacy. Furthermore, his staunch support of sports unions brought him to Tokyo in ...

Apr 20, 2014

Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers

by Ed Odeven

The Shinshu Brave Warriors suffered a 16-point loss at home to open the weekend, yielding 101 points to the visiting Sendai 89ers. Coach Ryuji Kawai’s team regrouped in a big, bold way and pounded the 89ers on Sunday, winning 113-91. Patrick Sanders’ long-range shooting ...

Apr 19, 2014

Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive

by Ed Odeven

The Iwate Big Bulls have won 20 of 26 home games and have a rock-solid 17-6 road mark. That’s currently good for third place in the bj-league’s ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, which has four 30-plus win teams, twice as many as the Western Conference. The ...

Nakama set to retire

Apr 19, 2014

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 ...

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 ...