Memories all that remain of bj-league

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Jul 2, 2016

Memories all that remain of bj-league

by Ed Odeven

First in a two-part series Six weeks after the bj-league's final game, it's now a good time to dust the cobwebs off the memory bank . . . Hoop Scoop chronicled the highlights and lowlights of the final 10 seasons of the bj-league's wild 11-year run, ...

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Jul 17, 2015

Hamamatsu dumping star Murry

by Ed Odeven

As the summer marches on and the start of training camp gets closer and closer, it appears that the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix will not have a roster resembling the one that captured the title in May. Star guard Nile Murry, the playoff MVP ...

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Jun 2, 2015

Nakamura takes reins in Niigata

by Ed Odeven

Kazuo Nakamura on Tuesday was named the Niigata Albirex BB's new head coach. He last coached a bj-league team for the 2013-14 season, when his Akita Northern Happinets went 40-12 and earned a championship runnerup finish. Nakamura ran the show in Akita for three seasons before ...

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Sep 25, 2014

Turkish Airlines becomes top sponsor

by Ed Odeven

In a move that could have a profound impact on the professional basketball landscape in Japan, Turkish Airlines has agreed to become the title sponsor for the bj-league. The league, entering its 10th season, announced the blockbuster agreement, a contract for two seasons, on Thursday ...

Major coaching changes defined 2013

HOOP SCOOP Dec 21, 2013

Major coaching changes defined 2013

by Ed Odeven

Taking a (recent) trip down memory lane. . . . It's no big surprise that 2013 has been another year of big twists and turns in the bj-league, which one can never accuse of being totally predictable, especially within the coaching ranks. The year's first ...