Memories all that remain of bj-league

| Jul 2, 2016

Memories all that remain of bj-league

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First in a two-part series Six weeks after the bj-league’s final game, it’s now a good time to dust the cobwebs off the memory bank . . . Hoop Scoop chronicled the highlights and lowlights of the final 10 seasons of the bj-league’s wild ...

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

| Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

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Second in a three-part series For the team’s inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. The elder Bryant, ...

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

| Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

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Men’s pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league’s Eastern Conference ...

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

| Feb 20, 2016

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

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Watching a pure shooter, when the shots are falling like raindrops during a summer storm, is a picture of pure art. Basketball fans were treated to this image last Sunday at Hiratsuka Gymnasium when Wayne Arnold, an accomplished star in the 24-team bj-league, put ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

| Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

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It’s absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit’s 10th and final All-Star Game. But it’s not surprising. Really, it isn’t. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it’s often failed ...

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

| Dec 12, 2015

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

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His name isn’t LeBron James, but his play, like the NBA legend’s, captivates a pro basketball league’s audience. And many of his performances in October, November and early December have been among the best of the 2015-16 bj-league season. Le’Bryan Nash, a rookie forward ...

Newton reflects on stellar Japan career

| Nov 14, 2015

Newton reflects on stellar Japan career

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To define true greatness in pro sports, there’s no greater measuring stick than championships. Which is why Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell remains the quintessential winner in North American pro sports. He starred on 11 NBA championship squads in 13 seasons. In the bj-league, ...