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Yu Okada has spent nearly a decade now knocking down jump shots for a paycheck.

He was an integral part of the Takamatsu Five Arrows’ remarkable run to a championship runnerup finish as a first-year franchise in the 2006-07 season, a recognizable fixture in the team’s lineup for years before joining his hometown Shiga Lakestars in 2010. Two years later, he joined the Kyoto Hannaryz and helped the Kansai franchise earn back-to-back bj-league Final Four appearances.

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