Sep 23, 2016

Shimane signs veteran guard Aoki

The Shimane Susanoo Magic added veteran point guard Cohey Aoki to their roster for the inaugural B. League season, the second-division club announced on Thursday. The 167-cm Aoki was named to a record nine bj-league All-Star teams. He spent the last three seasons with ...

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 ...

Sendai forward White named bj-league MVP

Apr 27, 2016

Sendai forward White named bj-league MVP

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Sendai 89ers forward Wendell White joined fellow league legend Lynn Washington, the retired Osaka Evessa icon, as the bj-league’s only two-time regular-season MVPs, as the league’s 11th and final regular-season awards were announced on Wednesday. White earned his first MVP honor for the 2009-10 ...

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, ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

| Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

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It’s absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit’s 10th and final All-Star Game. But it’s not surprising. Really, it isn’t. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it’s often failed ...

Sharpshooter Aoki leads Rizing past Bambitious

Oct 26, 2015

Sharpshooter Aoki leads Rizing past Bambitious

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Old reliable Cohey Aoki remains one of the few constants in an ever-changing Japan basketball landscape. Season after season, Aoki knocks down big shots at crucial moments of countless contests. What’s more, his free-throw shooting accuracy (around 90 percent since the bj-league’s launch in ...

Mar 5, 2015

Hot 3-point shooting carries Shiga past Fukuoka

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Led by a trio of 3-point shooting specialists, the visiting Shiga Lakestars halted the Rizing Fukuoka’s three-game winning streak on Thursday night, winning the bj-league series opener 95-93. Shiga’s Ray Nixon, a University of Wisconsin product, buried 8 of 13 long-range shots en route ...