Apr 14, 2015

Kawabuchi to be named JBA chief: source

Saburo Kawabuchi, the former head of the Japan Football Association, will be appointed as new chairman of the Japan Basketball Association, an informed source said Tuesday. Kawabuchi, honorary president of the JFA, heads a reform task force instigated by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), ...

Feb 27, 2015

Gunma completes sweep over lowly Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Since an 0-9 start this season, the Gunma Crane Thunders have made a dramatic turnaround. They’ve gone 15-12 since that long losing streak, including an 84-71 victory over the visiting Saitama Broncos on Friday night. Gunma (15-21) has won three consecutive games to climb ...

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Jan 4, 2015

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Rui “Louis” Hachimura is the next big thing coming out of Japan, and many are already paying attention to the 16-year-old basketball player’s post-high school career. In fact, Hachimura, who was born to a Japanese mother and a father from Benin, has publicly stated ...

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

by Ed Odeven

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s “lack of vision” is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...

Dec 17, 2014

Baumann sets six-month target to reform Japanese basketball

Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of the International Basketball Federation, indicated Wednesday he would like to settle the issues that resulted in the Japan Basketball Association’s indefinite international ban within six months. Baumann, who met with Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Tsunekazu Takeda, will establish ...