Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

| Apr 16, 2016

Aoki, Maki cherished chance to play for Hill

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Second in a three-part series For the team’s inaugural 2005-06 season in the bj-league, the Tokyo Apache hired a head coach with a catchy nickname and a globally renowned son named after a Japanese delicacy. Yes, Kobe’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant. The elder Bryant, ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

| Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

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It’s absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit’s 10th and final All-Star Game. But it’s not surprising. Really, it isn’t. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it’s often failed ...

Well-traveled Tyler going back to China

Nov 26, 2015

Well-traveled Tyler going back to China

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Former Tokyo Apache and NBA big man Jeremy Tyler is returning to China. Tyler will play for Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to published reports. The CBA season is already underway, and Fujian is 4-4 in the 20-team circuit as of ...

Nov 3, 2015

Verdell Jones III joins D-League's Warriors

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Guard Verdell Jones III, who helped the Fukushima Firebonds reach the bj-league playoffs as an expansion team last season, has been named to the Santa Cruz Warriors’ 15-man training camp roster, the NBA Development League team announced on Monday. Training camp opened on Tuesday ...

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

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The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original bench boss, on the ...

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

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Geoffrey Katsuhisa will be named the new head coach of the Iwate Big Bulls, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is imminent, basketball sources said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Katsuhisa has served as an assistant coach for the Chiba Jets since their inception ...

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

Dec 30, 2014

Ex-Apache coach Bryant hired to lead struggling Fukuoka

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Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache’s original head coach, will take over as the Rizing Fukuoka’s next bench boss, the bj-league club announced on Monday evening. Bryant is scheduled to return to the sideline for the Western Conference club’s next home series, Jan. 17-18, ...

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

Jul 4, 2014

Backcourt dynamo Takeno takes talents to Akita

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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 ...