Kohama-Casey friendship endures

| Aug 27, 2016

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

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A few days before the Rio Olympics kicked off, Mototaka Kohama, the godfather of Japanese basketball, reunited with one of his closest friends. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made a long-awaited visit to Japan to see Kohama. The two men hadn’t seen each ...

Jun 3, 2016

Niigata selects Shoji to be next head coach

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Kazuhiro Shoji, a former Niigata Albirex BB player at the start of the 21st century, takes over as the team’s new head coach as the franchise prepares for the inaugural B. League season. The Albirex made the announcement on Thursday. Shoji, 42, returns to ...

Hoop hero Okayama reflects on lost chance

May 20, 2015

Hoop hero Okayama reflects on lost chance

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Long before recent international Japanese basketball stars like Yuta Tabuse, Yuki Togashi and Yuta Watanabe, there was Yasutaka Okayama, who might have made a name for himself the same way they did. Okayama, who stands 230 cm — which allegedly makes him the tallest ...

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

| Dec 12, 2014

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors’ climb hasn’t been an overnight miracle. But it’s been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to ...