Dec 25, 2015

Kitagawa gives Ryukyu big lift against Yokohama

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Shuhei Kitagawa lit up the scoreboard on Christmas night. It wasn’t quite like Bernard King’s 60-point outburst on Dec. 25, 1984, at Madison Square Garden in the New York Knicks’ memorable win over the New Jersey Nets, but for Kitagawa, it’ll be a night ...

Kyoto's Palmer brings end to long career in Japan

Dec 8, 2015

Kyoto's Palmer brings end to long career in Japan

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Kyoto Hannaryz forward David Palmer on Monday revealed that he’s decided to retire — effective immediately. He said he made up his mind in early November, citing injuries and various physical ailments as factors that led to this decision. Palmer told The Japan Times ...

Defense paying dividends in West

| Dec 3, 2015

Defense paying dividends in West

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Tenacity and rock-solid fundamentals fuel top defenses. What else makes them click? An intense desire to limit foes’ scoring chances and high-percentage shots and keeping their point totals down, too. With about one-third of the season in the books, several teams have emerged as ...

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, ...

Nov 13, 2015

Defensive effort carries Hannaryz past Evessa

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The Kyoto Hannaryz swatted seven shots and defense fueled their 73-70 victory over the visiting Osaka Evessa on Friday night. The Hannaryz (8-3) trailed by five points after the first quarter. Coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s club outscored the visitors 28-19 in the second period to ...

Evessa complete series sweep of Bambitious

Oct 11, 2015

Evessa complete series sweep of Bambitious

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The Osaka Evessa improved to .500 with their first series sweep of the young season by beating the Bambitious Nara 83-67 on Sunday. Osaka’s Olu Ashaolu had 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds with three assists, two steals and two blocks. ...

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

| Jul 17, 2015

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

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As the summer marches on and the start of training camp gets closer and closer, it appears that the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix will not have a roster resembling the one that captured the title in May. Star guard Nile Murry, the playoff ...

Jul 7, 2015

All-Star Game slated for Jan. 24

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The bj-league’s 10th All-Star Game will be held at Sendai’s Xebio Arena on Jan. 24, 2016, it was announced on Tuesday. It will also be the final All-Star Game before the upstart circuit’s forced merger with NBL and NBDL teams, as orchestrated by the ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

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Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB’s new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three ...