B. League needs more marquee players

| Nov 12, 2016

B. League needs more marquee players

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The B. League is doing a commendable job marketing and promoting itself in its inaugural season. Social media feeds and magazine reports are ever-present aspects of the publicity machine in the early stages of the 2016-17 campaign. What’s more, TV highlights and game coverage ...

Armstrong extends career in Japan

| Oct 8, 2016

Armstrong extends career in Japan

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The Chiba Jets’ home gymnasium is far from the ultra-bright lights and mammoth-size arenas that dot the NBA landscape. But, in its first season, the new B. League offers rookies and seasoned veterans the same opportunity: a chance to play the game and earn ...

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

| Aug 27, 2016

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

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A few days before the Rio Olympics kicked off, Mototaka Kohama, the godfather of Japanese basketball, reunited with one of his closest friends. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made a long-awaited visit to Japan to see Kohama. The two men hadn’t seen each ...

Memories all that remain of bj-league

| Jul 2, 2016

Memories all that remain of bj-league

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First in a two-part series Six weeks after the bj-league’s final game, it’s now a good time to dust the cobwebs off the memory bank . . . Hoop Scoop chronicled the highlights and lowlights of the final 10 seasons of the bj-league’s wild ...

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

| Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

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Second in a three-part series For the team’s inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. The elder Bryant, ...

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

| Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

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Men’s pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league’s Eastern Conference ...