Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

| Sep 25, 2014

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

by Ed Odeven

In a move that could have a profound impact on the professional basketball landscape in Japan, Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title sponsor for the bj-league. The league, entering its 10th season, announced the blockbuster agreement, a contract for two seasons, on ...

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Jul 4, 2014

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

by Ed Odeven

Veteran guard Akitomo Takeno, a perimeter marksman with an explosive first step, has left the Rizing Fukuoka and OK’d a contractual agreement to play for the Akita Northern Happinets for the 2014-15 season. The Happinets, last season’s championship runnerup team, announced the deal on ...

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

| May 15, 2014

Ryukyu strong bet for return to final

by Ed Odeven

During the six seasons in which franchise cornerstones Jeff Newton and Anthony McHenry have teamed up to lead the Ryukyu Golden Kings to extraordinary success, the Okinawan powerhouse is the undisputed model franchise for the bj-league. Consider the following: 1. The Golden Kings are ...

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 ...

Tyler scores career-high 17 in victory

Jan 29, 2014

Tyler scores career-high 17 in victory

This one was so easy for the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony only needed to play 28 minutes. That left plenty of energy for pitching books and swatting away free agency questions. Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds, and the Knicks avenged an ...

Sep 6, 2013

Knicks' Tyler recovering from foot surgery

by Ed Odeven

New York Knicks big man Jeremy Tyler underwent surgery on Thursday to repair “a stress fracture of his right fifth metatarsal,” the team announced. The former Tokyo Apache post player underwent the procedure on his foot at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Dr. ...

Aug 17, 2013

Knicks sign ex-Tokyo Apache big man Tyler

by Ed Odeven

Jeremy Tyler made a positive impression during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last month, playing for the New York Knicks. That prompted Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald to offer Tyler, a former Tokyo Apache forward/center, a contract for the 2013-14 season. The ...

Jul 20, 2013

Tyler shines in Summer League finale

by Ed Odeven

Former Tokyo Apache big man Jeremy Tyler scored a team-high 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting and blocked two shots in the New York Knicks’ 91-80 victory on Friday over the Los Angeles Clippers in the teams’ final game of the NBA Summer League in ...