Levanga Hokkaido, Wakayama Trians make coaching changes

Dec 3, 2014

Levanga Hokkaido, Wakayama Trians make coaching changes

The struggling Levanga Hokkaido announced on Wednesday that they’ve fired head coach Juan Manuel Hurtado Perez and named his assistant, Kota Mizuno, interim head coach. Last season, Perez, a 40-year-old Spaniard, led the NBL Eastern Conference club to a 31-23 record, the best winning ...

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 ...

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

Oct 9, 2014

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In many ways, the National Basketball League’s first year was a trial-and-error period. And Year Two is geared to provide more diversion and success. As the 2014-15 NBL campaign opens on Friday night with a game between the reigning champion Toshiba Brave Thunders and ...

FIBA may arbitrate Pavlicevic-Wakayama dispute

Sep 5, 2014

FIBA may arbitrate Pavlicevic-Wakayama dispute

by Ed Odeven

The Wakayama Trians gave Zeljko Pavlicevic a guaranteed two-year contract when he was hired in 2013 to lead the team, formerly based in Osaka, as it made the transition from the Japan Basketball League to its successor, the National Basketball League. The Croatian bench ...

Wakayama negotiating to bring back Pavlicevic

Aug 15, 2014

Wakayama negotiating to bring back Pavlicevic

by Ed Odeven

After a complete organizational shake-up that included a planned switch to a new coach, veteran bench boss Zeljko Pavlicevic is in discussions with Wakayama Trians ownership to return to lead the team for the 2014-15 season, The Japan Times has learned. The cash-strapped Trians, ...

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

Jun 12, 2014

Wakayama can't afford Pavlicevic

by Ed Odeven and Kaz Nagatsuka

After an ultra-successful start in the National Basketball League, the cash-strapped Wakayama Trians are implementing big budget cuts for the upcoming season. Major changes within the organization, which is coming off a 41-13 regular season in which it won the NBL’s Western Conference crown ...