Like a bullet train zooming across the Japanese countryside, Bill Cartwright has rapidly transformed the Osaka Evessa into a much-improved basketball team.

It's been an impressive turnaround.

The numbers clearly show that: 12 wins in 18 games, and seven straight victories under his tutelage. The Evessa were 5-19 when Cartwright arrived in Japan in January, and he held his first practice two days after the Jan. 20 All-Star Game.