Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

| May 29, 2014

Teamwork, defense keyed Ryukyu title

by Ed Odeven

What made the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ remarkable championship season even more startling was the team’s cohesiveness and singular focus. It started in training camp and lasted until the final second ticked off the clock at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. The Golden Kings’ strictly business ...

Apr 17, 2014

Ryukyu's Burns garners league accolade

by Ed Odeven

Draelon Burns played an integral role in the Ryukyu Golden Kings’ splendid 24-2 record in home games this season. Exhibit A: In the first game of their final home series, Burns had 30 points (one shy of his season-high total), nine rebounds, four assists ...

Dec 7, 2013

Ryukyu outlasts ex-coach Toyama, Nara in OT

by Ed Odeven

Former Ryukyu Golden Kings coach Koto Toyama faced his old team on Saturday for the first time since he was fired in May after leading the Okinawan powerhouse to a league-record 42-win season that didn’t include a trip to the Final Four. Toyama’s new ...

Nov 23, 2013

Ryukyu rolls on all cylinders against Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings boosted their championship hopes by signing Draelon Burns earlier this month, and the DePaul University product has made a seamless transition to the Western Conference powerhouse. Coming off the bench, Burns scored 11 points and dished out eight assists on ...

Sep 6, 2013

Akita releases star guard Burns

by Ed Odeven

Star guard Draelon Burns sustained an eye injury playing pickup basketball in late August in Milwaukee, and his plans to play for the Akita Northern Happinets have been derailed. The bj-league team announced on Thursday it has voided his contract after an eye doctor ...

Jul 26, 2013

Fukuoka hires Tuck

by Ed Odeven

Former Chinese Basketball Association star Mack Tuck has been hired as the Rizing Fukuoka’s new head coach, a source close to the situation confirmed Friday morning. The team made an announcement later in the day. “It’s a great honor for me to be named ...