Sep 16, 2014

FIBA spells out demands to JBA as deadline approaches

by Ed Odeven

FIBA last week repeated its mandate that the Japan Basketball Association deadline for a merger between the bj-league and the NBL is Oct. 31. This occurred in Spain, where the FIBA Basketball World Cup was held. In an interview with Reuters, FIBA secretary general ...

FIBA gives Japan deadline over leagues, denies 2020 ban

Sep 12, 2014

FIBA gives Japan deadline over leagues, denies 2020 ban

Japan has until the end of October to resolve a dispute between its two competing basketball leagues but there is no threat to the national team competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the sport’s governing body said on Thursday. FIBA wants a single league ...

Sep 6, 2014

Alvark hold off Kings' spirited comeback

by Ed Odeven

The Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday’s preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 ...

Aug 10, 2014

Japan falls to 0-2 in William Jones Cup

by Ed Odeven

The Japan men’s national basketball team dropped its first two games at the 36th annual William Jones Cup tournament in Taipei over the weekend. On Sunday, Iran put on a rebounding clinic (65-22 edge) and defeated Japan 79-72 in overtime. NBA hopeful Yuki Togashi ...

Merger talks going slowly

Jul 17, 2014

Merger talks going slowly

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan Basketball Association officials said that they would actively keep discussing how to overcome the differences between the nation’s top two leagues in order to establish a new professional hoops circuit in two years. Hopefully they will really be able to unite the two ...

Togashi invited to Mavericks tryout camp

Jul 2, 2014

Togashi invited to Mavericks tryout camp

by Ed Odeven

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to participate in a three-day tryout camp starting on Monday. Noriaki Oshitari, who represents Togashi for Cloud9 Co., Ltd., confirmed the details in an email to The Japan Times on Wednesday evening. In short, the ...

Jun 22, 2014

Kawachi appointed to JBA board

by Ed Odeven

Toshimitsu Kawachi, the commissioner of the bj-league since its establishment in 2004, on Saturday was appointed to the Japan Basketball Association board, which has been tasked with forming the new, tentatively named P League for the 2016-17 season. To take a step forward, the ...

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Jun 14, 2014

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan women’s national team star Yuko Oga angrily pointed at a banner that hung on the wall at a practice gym while she had a conversation with reporters. The banner reads: “Go For Olympics.” That’s easier said than done. Oga thinks that the Japan ...