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 ...

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

Jan 20, 2014

'Mr. Basketball' back on court in new role

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Putting his honorable nickname behind him, Kenichi Sako is beginning a new adventure, though it may not proceed as smoothly as it did when he was a player. Sako, who was known as “Mr. Basketball” during his glorious career as a player in Japan, ...

Oct 8, 2013

Geary guides Chiba to 4-0 start in NBL

by Ed Odeven

The bj-league’s loss has become the NBL’s gain. Chiba Jets head coach Reggie Geary has given the third-year club a strong boost to kick off the 2013-14 campaign. The Jets are one of three NBL teams still undefeated, all at 4-0. The others: Mitsubishi ...

Players react after NBL takes unilateral action

Sep 27, 2013

Players react after NBL takes unilateral action

by Kaz Nagatsuka

On Sept. 16, after a pair of National Basketball League preseason games wrapped up, four players came into the press room at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 in suits to announce something the nation’s sport had never seen before. They were there to inform ...