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Oketani leaves Iwate Big Bulls after three seasons at the helm

by Ed Odeven

After three successful seasons in charge, Iwate Big Bulls coach Dai Oketani’s tenure has ended, the Eastern Conference club announced on Friday evening. Oketani guided Iwate to three straight winning seasons and took the Tohoku franchise to its first-ever Final Four last week. Oketani was unavailable for comment at press ...

Bulls fire Thibodeau

In five seasons under Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls soared to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and ...

May 28, 2015

Star guard Oga joins WJBL's Toyota Antelopes

Yuko Oga is returning to the WBJL to play for the Toyota Antelopes, according to published reports this week. The 32-year-old veteran guard, a Yamagata native, helped lead the Japan national team to the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship for Women title, its first continental ...

Warriors back in NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years

May 28, 2015

Warriors back in NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years

After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time ...

May 28, 2015

Van Gundy interviews with Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have interviewed Jeff Van Gundy for the club’s vacant head coaching job, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the Pelicans have not disclosed any candidates they’ve interviewed to ...

Cavs advance to NBA Finals

May 27, 2015

Cavs advance to NBA Finals

LeBron James knew what he left behind when he bolted to Miami five years ago. He broke hearts at home, where generations of Cleveland fans only know championships through stories told by their fathers, yellowed newspaper clippings or grainy black-and-white film. James had to ...

May 27, 2015

Cinq Reves cut ties with head coach Aoki

by Ed Odeven

The Tokyo Cinq Reves have decided not to renew head coach Motofumi Aoki’s contract, the bj-league club recently announced on its website. The Cinq Reves had a league-worst 5-47 record this season. Aoki, 50, has guided the Eastern Conference squad since its inception in ...

May 26, 2015

Police investigating match-fixing allegations in KBL

Police in South Korea are investigating a coach over allegations of possible match-fixing in the KBL, the nation’s pro basketball league, the Yonhap News Agency reported. Chun Chang-jin, the current coach of Anyang KGC, allegedly bet against his previous team, Busan KT Sonicboom, when ...

Harden's 45 carry Rockets

May 26, 2015

Harden's 45 carry Rockets

James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston’s embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3. Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team. Harden did just that, scoring a ...

LeBron records triple-double as Cavaliers top Hawks

May 25, 2015

LeBron records triple-double as Cavaliers top Hawks

LeBron James dropped to his knees and slapped the floor with his hand. He was exhausted and exhilarated — and one win from the NBA Finals. “I gave everything I have,” James said. James shook off an atrocious shooting start, withstood Atlanta’s gritty comeback ...