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, ...

Broncos, family pay tribute to Uhle

| Sep 12, 2015

Broncos, family pay tribute to Uhle

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Since the bj-league’s inception in 2005, the Saitama Broncos have never been a model franchise. As the league has rapidly grown from six teams for its inaugural season to its present 24-squad setup, Saitama, one of the league’s two charter clubs, has been negatively ...

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 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

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Now, more than ever, the coaching profession is on impossibly shaky ground in the bj-league. Job security is, well, only a theory. Already this offseason, 12 head coaches from the 22 teams who competed in the 2014-15 season have parted ways with their clubs. ...

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

| May 16, 2015

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

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Years before Julius Erving became the iconic Dr. J and one of basketball’s all-time legends, he established a friendship with Bob Nash that has lasted for decades. Before Erving began his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts, and before Nash attended San Jacinto ...

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

| May 5, 2015

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

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The Fukushima Firebonds’ season-ending loss on Sunday closed one chapter in the team’s history. But of greater significance was the foundation the first-year franchise built over the past eight months. This is where you start: The Firebonds have a determined, capable young head coach ...

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

| Apr 18, 2015

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

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Far from the bright lights and frenzied crowds at state-of-the-art NBA arenas, Melvin Ely plies his craft with determination and dedication half a world away. The Fresno State product, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, didn’t ...