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 ...

May 30, 2014

Kawai to remain Shinshu coach for 2014-15 season

by Ed Odeven

After leading the Shinshu Brave Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, head coach Ryuji Kawai will return to the sideline for the bj-league’s 2014-15 season, the Eastern Conference club announced on Thursday. Kawai guided the Nagano Prefecture-based Warriors to ...

Nakama set to retire

Apr 19, 2014

Nakama set to retire

by Ed Odeven

Never a superstar, but always a hard-working, team-first player, shooting guard Jumpei Nakama has enjoyed popularity and the respect of his peers since the bj-league’s inception in 2005. He’s been a fan favorite throughout the country as the league has grown nonstop for nearly ...

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 ...

Sep 10, 2013

Kyoto signs swingman Ubiles

by Ed Odeven

The Kyoto Hannaryz have bolstered their roster with the addition of guard/forward Edwin Ubiles, who has spent the majority of the past two seasons in the NBA Development League. Ubiles also appeared in four games for the Washington Wizards — on a 10-day contract ...

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. ...

Casey Hill named Santa Cruz head coach

Aug 27, 2013

Casey Hill named Santa Cruz head coach

by Ed Odeven

Casey Hill, a former Tokyo Apache assistant coach, has been appointed as the new head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, the NBA Development League team announced over the weekend. Hill, 30, was the franchise’s assistant coach for two seasons, including the 2011-12 campaign ...

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 ...