Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

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The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original bench boss, on the ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

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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. ...

| 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 ...

| Feb 12, 2015

Shimane showing surprising improvement

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Despite a disastrous start this season, the Shimane Susanoo Magic won’t challenge the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ league record of 50 losses. Shimane has made a dramatic turnaround in recent weeks, winning eight of its past 11 games. The Susanoo Magic (11-21 through Sunday) now ...

Jan 8, 2015

Shimane signs forward Witherspoon

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Forward Wesley Witherspoon, who saw action in three preseason games for the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 as an undrafted rookie, has joined the Shimane Susanoo Magic, the bj-league club announced on Wednesday. The 206-cm Witherspoon fills a roster spot vacated by power forward ...

Nov 10, 2014

Susanoo Magic fire coach Hanson

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The Shimane Susanoo Magic ended their season-long losing streak on Sunday. But that wasn’t enough for head coach Reggie Hanson to retain his job. Hanson’s departure was announced after the game, and he became the first head coach in the 22-team bj-league to be ...