With Ryan Blackwell out of the picture, will the Osaka Evessa hire an experienced, big name coach or hand the reins to another rookie bench boss? Or will the team simply hire from within and promote Blackwell’s assistant, 33-year-old Keisuke Hirose, to the top spot?

Blackwell, who brought a defensive-first approach to the job, is the bj-league’s first official coaching casualty of the offseason.

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