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 ...

| Mar 31, 2012

Takamatsu's plight reflects poorly on league

by Ed Odeven

The Takamatsu Five Arrows are awful, so bad that they don’t even pretend to be a cheap imitation of a mediocre franchise. Entering this weekend’s games, first-year coach Kenzo Maeda’s club has dropped 15 consecutive games. The Five Arrows are 2-40, a failure rate ...

| Mar 3, 2012

Time for league to adopt 6-foul rule

by Ed Odeven

There are several sensible reasons for the bj-league to adopt the NBA’s six-personal foul disqualification rule. And by doing so, Japan’s upstart pro circuit would be increasing the number of personal fouls it permits by one. For starters, there’s been an influx of new ...