Key questions entering 10th season

| Oct 2, 2014

Key questions entering 10th season

by Ed Odeven

Japan’s first men’s pro basketball circuit tips off its 10th season with 10 games on Saturday. Now with a new title sponsor on board, the Turkish Airlines bj-league will have one franchise making its regular-season debut on the same day. The Fukushima Firebonds play ...

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

| Sep 25, 2014

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

by Ed Odeven

In a move that could have a profound impact on the professional basketball landscape in Japan, Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title sponsor for the bj-league. The league, entering its 10th season, announced the blockbuster agreement, a contract for two seasons, on ...

Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

| Sep 11, 2014

Translator Takamori leaves Niigata

by Ed Odeven

All professional basketball leagues have people working behind the scenes or in roles that are less glamorous than the starting five or head coach. For the Niigata Albirex BB, who became Japan’s first professional basketball team when it entered the old-school corporate Japan Basketball ...

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

| Sep 4, 2014

Toyota edges Ryukyu in exhibition

by Ed Odeven

The preseason began in earnest for the league’s 10th season on Wednesday. But this time with a twist. The reigning champion Ryukyu Golden Kings played host to the NBL powerhouse Toyota Alvark in the first of two scheduled exhibition games in a three-day span ...