Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Dec 12, 2015

Fukushima’s Nash making big impact

by Ed Odeven

His name isn't LeBron James, but his play, like the NBA legend's, captivates a pro basketball league's audience. And many of his performances in October, November and early December have been among the best of the 2015-16 bj-league season. Le'Bryan Nash, a rookie forward for ...

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

Basketball Sep 15, 2015

New pro basketball league unveils name, logo

by Kaz Nagatsuka

A brand-new name for the brand-new professional league. The Japan Professional Basketball League office announced on Tuesday that the new men's basketball circuit that tips off in the fall of 2016 will be called the "B. League." The league's logo was also revealed. The league ...

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

Basketball Sep 15, 2015

Dream Games provide taste of sport's future in Japan

by Ed Odeven

It's been obvious for many years that Japan's basketball leaders needed to take bigger, bolder steps to promote the game across the archipelago. After all, marquee events and ambitious, big-scale marketing are essential to broaden interest in the sport, propelling it from a niche audience ...

NBL squads sweep Dream Games

Basketball Sep 13, 2015

NBL squads sweep Dream Games

by Ed Odeven

Sunday's Dream Games presented a glimpse of the entertainment and talent that will be in the spotlight in the fall of 2016, when the Japan Professional Basketball League makes its debut. The two-game preseason doubleheader brought hoop fans to Ota City General Gymnasium just weeks ...

Broncos, family pay tribute to Uhle

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Sep 12, 2015

Broncos, family pay tribute to Uhle

by Ed Odeven

Since the bj-league's inception in 2005, the Saitama Broncos have never been a model franchise. As the league has rapidly grown from six teams for its inaugural season to its present 24-squad setup, Saitama, one of the league's two charter clubs, has been negatively affected ...

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

Basketball Aug 29, 2015

JPBL finalizes division placements for 2016-17

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Professional Basketball League revealed which divisions the remaining 25 clubs have been allocated to for the new men's professional circuit, which tips off in 2016, at a Tokyo news conference on Saturday. Assignments for 20 clubs had already been announced in late July, ...