| 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. ...

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

| May 16, 2015

Nash looks back on days with Dr. J

by Ed Odeven

Years before Julius Erving became the iconic Dr. J and one of basketball’s all-time legends, he established a friendship with Bob Nash that has lasted for decades. Before Erving began his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts, and before Nash attended San Jacinto ...

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 ...

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

| Apr 18, 2015

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

by Ed Odeven

Far from the bright lights and frenzied crowds at state-of-the-art NBA arenas, Melvin Ely plies his craft with determination and dedication half a world away. The Fresno State product, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, didn’t ...

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

| Dec 12, 2014

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

by Ed Odeven

The Toronto Raptors’ climb hasn’t been an overnight miracle. But it’s been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to ...

| Jun 2, 2014

Happinets' Boykin reflects on season

by Ed Odeven

In his many decades in the game, Kazuo Nakamura tinkered with an up-tempo style of basketball he wanted his teams to play. And in recent years, it often involved several of his players taking quick 3-point shots as often as possible. Nakamura’s run-and-gun style ...

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

| Apr 26, 2014

Palmer helping NBL players push for progress

by Ed Odeven

Returning to the city where his pro basketball career was launched in 1990, Walter Palmer maintains deep convictions that a players union is a vital element for any league craving for legitimacy. Furthermore, his staunch support of sports unions brought him to Tokyo in ...