Panasonic helped bring foreign players to Japan

| Sep 30, 2012

Panasonic helped bring foreign players to Japan

by Ed Odeven

Just as the Japan Basketball League is preparing to re-brand itself as the National Basketball League (NBL) for 2013-14, it is also coping with the planned loss of one of Japan’s most successful basketball clubs, the Panasonic Trians. Panasonic Corp.’s financial woes — losses ...

| Aug 9, 2012

Time to expand hoop tourney to 24 nations

by Ed Odeven

Yao Ming’s success in the NBA, short-lived but significant, sparked widespread interest in basketball in China. Furthermore, India has placed a growing emphasis on growing the sport at all levels. In summary, that’s about one-third of the earth’s potential number of athletes that may ...

Tunisian hoop team eyes upset in London

| Jul 30, 2012

Tunisian hoop team eyes upset in London

by Ed Odeven

Here’s something I do know: Adel Tlatli is a name unknown to most people following the Olympics. In Tunisia, though, he is a hero, not to be confused with English pop sensation Adele. Tlatli, a bespectacled 54-year-old, guided Tunisia to its first Olympic basketball ...

Gasol leads by example for club and country

| Jul 29, 2012

Gasol leads by example for club and country

by Ed Odeven

Fact: Kobe Bryant is one of the five most famous athletes on the planet. His Los Angeles Lakers teammate Pau Gasol, a supremely talented and intelligent big man is instantly recognized almost everywhere he goes, too. This will only increase in time. Gasol, Spain’s ...