M'Baye runs riot in NBL All-Star Game

Jan 18, 2015

M'Baye runs riot in NBL All-Star Game

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japanese basketball has been plagued by negative news lately, like the FIBA suspension and managerial changes of the Tsukuba Robots and Wakayama Trians. But on this particular day, the players were all smiles for this mid-winter festivity. Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins forward Amath M’Baye racked ...

Financial woes force Trians to quit NBL

Jan 7, 2015

Financial woes force Trians to quit NBL

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Wakayama Trians finished runnerup last year in the NBL, but they were able to enjoy that success for only a short time. The club announced Wednesday that it will not complete the remainder of the current season due to severe financial woes and ...

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

by Ed Odeven

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s “lack of vision” is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...

Revamped Tsukuba Robots fall to 0-17

Dec 6, 2014

Revamped Tsukuba Robots fall to 0-17

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” was playing in the arena. The Tsukuba Robots intentionally did so and that was their message: they have made a fresh start. The Ibaraki Prefecture-based team played its first game under new management on Saturday, two days after it ...

NBL approves new Robots management company

Dec 5, 2014

NBL approves new Robots management company

The NBL approved a new management company to run the financially distressed Tsukuba Robots in Thursday’s general meeting in Tokyo, the league office officially announced Friday. A total of 11 Robots players had been released as they didn’t agree to new contracts with the ...

Nov 27, 2014

Veteran star Parker to leave Wakayama, join Toyota

by Ed Odeven

The NBL’s Wakayama Trians have gone from title contender to near-the-basement dweller in less than a year. And now, the cash-strapped Trians have lost star forward Michael Parker to the Toyota Alvark, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is expected within the next ...

FIBA hands down Japan ban; JBA sorry

Nov 27, 2014

FIBA hands down Japan ban; JBA sorry

by Kaz Nagatsuka

It was something everyone expected to happen, so there shouldn’t have been any surprise whatsoever. That, however, did nothing to lessen the gravity of the situation. The Japan Basketball Association was informed on Wednesday that it’d been suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing ...