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Ryukyu cruises past Nara

by Ed Odeven

For the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 40-win seasons are expected — championships, too. The reigning bj-league champion, who captured three titles during their first seven seasons, have surprised nobody with their excellence again in this campaign. The Golden Kings completed a series sweep by routing the host Bambitious Nara 89-54 on ...

'King James' eyes NBA crown

Apr 18, 2015

'King James' eyes NBA crown

For LeBron James, his homecoming season with the Cavaliers went up, down and sometimes sideways, like three seasons rolled into one. The fourth is about to begin. The only one that matters. James has his sights set on another NBA title, and if he ...

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

| Apr 18, 2015

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

by Ed Odeven

Far from the bright lights and frenzied crowds at state-of-the-art NBA arenas, Melvin Ely plies his craft with determination and dedication half a world away. The Fresno State product, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, didn’t ...

Apr 18, 2015

Hawks' Sefolosha has surgery on leg

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha is recovering from surgery on his right leg, which he says was injured during his arrest by New York police last week. The team says Sefolosha had surgery Thursday to repair a fractured fibula and ligament damage. The operation was ...

Apr 17, 2015

Hannaryz run away from Cinq Reves

by Ed Odeven

The Kyoto Hannaryz turned a close game into a rout in the second quarter. They outscored the Tokyo Cinq Reves 35-9 in the period en route to a 98-60 victory on Friday in the bj-league series opener. Tokyo (5-44) suffered its 15th straight loss. ...

Pelicans clinch playoff spot

Apr 16, 2015

Pelicans clinch playoff spot

Anthony Davis had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans earned their first playoff berth since 2011 with a 108-103 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Davis, who’ll make his playoff debut against Golden State, came through in the ...

Pacers dig deep to beat Wizards, stay in playoff race

Apr 15, 2015

Pacers dig deep to beat Wizards, stay in playoff race

C.J. Miles and George Hill helped Indiana survive Part I of its playoff push Tuesday night. Now comes the harder part — making the red-eye flight to Memphis and doing it all over again less than 24 hours later. At least the Pacers still ...

Apr 15, 2015

Sefolosha blames police for injury

Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said Tuesday he is in “great pain” and blamed New York City police for causing a “significant injury” that knocked him out for the season. The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being ...

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

| Apr 14, 2015

Kerr employing Jackson's philosophy with Warriors

by Sam Smith

Sometimes the basketball congnoscenti will mock the Phil Jackson coaching tree as a withered oak in winter, assistants like Jim Cleamons, Kurt Rambis and most recently Brian Shaw with short head coaching tenures. This while organizations wait years to reach deep into the organizations ...

Warriors rack up 66th victory

Apr 14, 2015

Warriors rack up 66th victory

Klay Thompson turned a meaningless game for the Golden State Warriors — and a huge one for the Memphis Grizzlies — into must-see TV for a moment. Memphis almost made everybody tune in for another reason. Thompson scored 26 of his 42 points in ...

Apr 14, 2015

Kawabuchi to be named JBA chief: source

Saburo Kawabuchi, the former head of the Japan Football Association, will be appointed as new chairman of the Japan Basketball Association, an informed source said Tuesday. Kawabuchi, honorary president of the JFA, heads a reform task force instigated by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), ...