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 ...

U.S. reaches final round

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. reaches final round

Madrid awaits. Spain doesn’t. The gold-medal matchup seemingly everyone wanted in the Basketball World Cup — maybe even some U.S. players — won’t be happening. The Spanish were upset in the quarterfinals, ending the predicted No. 1 vs. No. 2 game on Sunday on ...

FIBA may arbitrate Pavlicevic-Wakayama dispute

Sep 5, 2014

FIBA may arbitrate Pavlicevic-Wakayama dispute

by Ed Odeven

The Wakayama Trians gave Zeljko Pavlicevic a guaranteed two-year contract when he was hired in 2013 to lead the team, formerly based in Osaka, as it made the transition from the Japan Basketball League to its successor, the National Basketball League. The Croatian bench ...

U.S. dominant in victory over New Zealand

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. dominant in victory over New Zealand

American players paused from their warmups to stand and face their New Zealand opponents as they performed the haka, their traditional war dance challenge. The U.S. response wasn’t nearly as interesting. Just pound the ball inside and outmuscle an overmatched opponent. Anthony Davis had ...

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 ...

FIBA outlines big ambitions for 3x3 basketball

Jul 9, 2014

FIBA outlines big ambitions for 3x3 basketball

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Formerly recognized as more of a fun, casual sport played on the streets, FIBA, basketball’s world governing body, is now trying to develop 3×3 into another legitimate form of basketball. In order to achieve that goal, FIBA has targeted a place for the sport ...

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 ...