Jun 29, 2015

Big Bulls name Katsuhisa new head coach

by Ed Odeven

Geoffrey Katsuhisa is the Iwate Big Bulls’ new head coach, the bj-league squad announced on Monday. Katsuhisa steps into the spotlight following Dai Oketani’s departure after three stellar seasons and three playoff appearances at the helm, and the Big Bulls are coming off their ...

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

| Jun 25, 2015

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

by Ed Odeven

The expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz made cerebral backcourt leader Tsubasa Yonamine their first veteran acquisition, reuniting him with his former Oita HeatDevils backcourt mate Yukinori Suzuki, the team’s new coach. Yonamine, 32, spent the past two seasons with the Iwate Big Bulls. He brings a ...

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

by Ed Odeven

Geoffrey Katsuhisa will be named the new head coach of the Iwate Big Bulls, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is imminent, basketball sources said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Katsuhisa has served as an assistant coach for the Chiba Jets since their inception ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

by Ed Odeven

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. ...

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

May 23, 2015

Happinets ride strong second half into bj-league final

by Ed Odeven

The Akita Northern Happinets dominated the second half against the Iwate Big Bulls, turning a tie game into a convincing victory. First-year head coach Makoto Hasegawa guided the Northern Happinets to an 84-68 Eastern Conference final victory over the Big Bulls at Ariake Colosseum ...

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

May 10, 2015

Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four

by Ed Odeven

The Final Four picture is now set, and it’s a decidedly different look this year. The Akita Northern Happinets and Iwate Big Bulls will represent the Eastern Conference, while the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix and Shiga Lakestars advanced from the Western Conference. The Big Bulls ...

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

| May 5, 2015

Fukushima makes great progress in first season

by Ed Odeven

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 ...

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

May 2, 2015

Big Bulls dismantle Firebonds in playoff opener

by Ed Odeven

Aggressive. Alert. Attentive. Those were the defining traits that shined through for the Iwate Big Bulls in their playoff opener. In a teacher’s grade book, the second-seeded Big Bulls would’ve received satisfactory scores — straight As — for their overall effort and execution. It ...