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 ...

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

| Feb 20, 2016

Arnold’s game remains all about the team

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Watching a pure shooter, when the shots are falling like raindrops during a summer storm, is a picture of pure art. Basketball fans were treated to this image last Sunday at Hiratsuka Gymnasium when Wayne Arnold, an accomplished star in the 24-team bj-league, put ...

Jan 2, 2016

Soma sparks Osaka in rout of Niigata

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The Osaka Evessa didn’t shy away from feeding the ball to Takuya Soma on the perimeter on Saturday. Smart move. The 24-year-old swingman sank 9 of 16 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points, leading the Evessa to an 85-64 victory over the Niigata ...

Nakamura working old magic with Niigata

| Nov 6, 2015

Nakamura working old magic with Niigata

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It shouldn’t be a big shock that the Niigata Albirex BB have made a sizzling start under fiery bench boss Kazuo Nakamura, whose alleged retirement lasted one season. Nakamura, who turns 75 next month, has transformed the East-leading Albirex (9-1) into the league’s highest-scoring ...

Hard-working Albirex pound Broncos

Nov 1, 2015

Hard-working Albirex pound Broncos

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The Niigata Albirex BB and Saitama Broncos have provided a decade-long case study: different ways of doing business. Their records speak for themselves. As the two charter members of the bj-league, formed as a six-team circuit for the 2005-06 season, they were once viewed ...

Oct 3, 2015

Ryukyu, Niigata win openers

The 11th bj-league season tipped off on Friday night with a pair of blowout victories. The visiting Ryukyu Golden Kings pounded the expansion Hiroshima Lightning 127-75. The Niigata Albirex BB torched the Tokyo Cinq Reves 107-64, spoiling new Tokyo coach Hirosumi Tomatsu’s debut in ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

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Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB’s new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three ...