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, ...

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

| Dec 12, 2015

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

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His name isn’t LeBron James, but his play, like the NBA legend’s, captivates a pro basketball league’s audience. And many of his performances in October, November and early December have been among the best of the 2015-16 bj-league season. Le’Bryan Nash, a rookie forward ...

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

Sep 15, 2015

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

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A brand-new name for the brand-new professional league. The Japan Professional Basketball League office announced on Tuesday that the new men’s basketball circuit that tips off in the fall of 2016 will be called the “B. League.” The league’s logo was also revealed. The ...

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

Sep 15, 2015

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

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It’s been obvious for many years that Japan’s basketball leaders needed to take bigger, bolder steps to promote the game across the archipelago. After all, marquee events and ambitious, big-scale marketing are essential to broaden interest in the sport, propelling it from a niche ...