B. League chairman heralds new era

Sep 19, 2016

B. League chairman heralds new era

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This last decade has marked the darkest period in Japan basketball history, with the sport divided between two rival men’s leagues. What’s more, the Japan Basketball Association was suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing body, for its lack of governance, between December 2014 ...

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

Sep 8, 2016

Sunrockers working to meet professional commitments

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The B. League, a brand-new men’s professional basketball circuit in Japan, will open its inaugural season later this month. But with so many uncertainties, success isn’t guaranteed. Among them is how clubs that have been owned by major corporations will attract fans and make ...

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 ...