Problems plague every level of game

| Sep 25, 2011

Problems plague every level of game

by Ed Odeven

Without drastic changes in the way it operates — and stuck with a mentality that is out of date with current reality — the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) will continue to be a deterrent to success and progress in men’s and boys basketball at ...

| Aug 24, 2011

Lack of preseason games a real problem

by Ed Odeven

It’s farcical to suggest that the bj-league actually operates as a professional league most of the time. There’s no stability in the playing and coaching ranks, little evidence of improvement in most aspects of its operations and nearly no public recognition in a nation ...

Parmer headlines Top 20 players in 2010-11

| Jun 5, 2011

Parmer headlines Top 20 players in 2010-11

by Ed Odeven

With four new teams joining the bj-league over the past two seasons, it has become a greater challenger to select Hoop Scoop’s Top 20 players. But it’s a worthwhile — and necessary — challenge. One that will become greater next June, following the first ...

Ryukyu's Palmer hoping to add to title collection

| May 20, 2011

Ryukyu's Palmer hoping to add to title collection

by Ed Odeven

For a guy whose collegiate career concluded at little-known Southern Utah, David Palmer is living a dream. He’s a professional basketball player, not a regular 9-to-5 office worker. Even better, before or after work he’s blessed with this perk: endless opportunities to enjoy Okinawa’s ...

Abdul-Rauf plans to keep playing, imparting wisdom

| May 8, 2011

Abdul-Rauf plans to keep playing, imparting wisdom

by Ed Odeven

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf understands what it takes to win consistently, and drastic changes, he insists, are not a recipe for success. After the Kyoto Hannaryz’s season-ending playoff defeat to the Shiga Lakestars on Sunday, Abdul-Rauf spoke in calm, measured tones about the difficult challenges of ...

Time for JBA to give up charade on merger

| Mar 27, 2011

Time for JBA to give up charade on merger

by Ed Odeven

Under normal circumstances things move at a snail’s pace within the Japan Basketball Association. So it’s anyone’s guess if talks between JBA officials and their bj-league counterparts will pick up anytime soon and/or if any progress will be made in the months to come ...