Feb 1, 2016

Family ties lead Toyama past Gunma

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Bob and Bobby Nash, a father-son coaching tandem, have kept the Toyama Grouses in the hunt for the Eastern Conference title in the bj-league’s final season. The Grouses recorded their eighth straight victory on Sunday, posting a 93-62 home triumph over the Gunma Crane ...

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

Nov 23, 2015

Crane Thunders crush Cinq Reves

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The Gunma Crane Thunders reached the playoffs last season after a 1-12 start, making necessary adjustments and steady improvement over their remaining 39 regular-season contests under veteran bench boss Charlie Parker. This season, new head coach Hirokazu Nema, formerly an assistant under Parker, has ...

| Jun 4, 2015

Disgraceful treatment of coaches must end

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Now, more than ever, the coaching profession is on impossibly shaky ground in the bj-league. Job security is, well, only a theory. Already this offseason, 12 head coaches from the 22 teams who competed in the 2014-15 season have parted ways with their clubs. ...

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

| Apr 18, 2015

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

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Far from the bright lights and frenzied crowds at state-of-the-art NBA arenas, Melvin Ely plies his craft with determination and dedication half a world away. The Fresno State product, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, didn’t ...

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

Mar 7, 2015

Kennedy sparks Niigata in victory over Gunma

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Niigata Albirex BB forward Thomas Kennedy is one of the bj-league’s most dependable scorers. The University of Detroit Mercy product can carry his team for key stretches on offense, and in Saturday’s 87-70 triumph over the Gunma Crane Thunders, Kennedy delivered a big reminder ...

Feb 27, 2015

Gunma completes sweep over lowly Saitama

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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 ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-NBA big man Ely sparks Gunma in victory over Saitama

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Former NBA center Melvin Ely notched a double-double and three teammates also scored in double figures as the Gunma Crane Thunders cruised past the visiting Saitama Broncos 75-61 in Thursday’s series opener. The 36-year-old Ely had a game-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting, pulled ...

Feb 8, 2015

Cinq Reves slump to 17th straight loss

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The Tokyo Cinq Reves won three of their first five games this season. It appeared to be a positive sign for the third-year franchise, which went 18-34 in 2012-13 and 13-39 last season. Since then, the team, led by third-year bench boss Motofumi Aoki, ...