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 ...

Gunma's Ely reflects on NBA odyssey

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP 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 (and ...

Basketball Feb 27, 2015

Gunma completes sweep over lowly Saitama

by Ed Odeven

Since an 0-9 start this season, the Gunma Crane Thunders have made a dramatic turnaround. They've gone 15-12 since that long losing streak, including an 84-71 victory over the visiting Saitama Broncos on Friday night. Gunma (15-21) has won three consecutive games to climb into seventh ...

Basketball Sep 13, 2014

Former NBA big man Ely joins Gunma Crane Thunders

by Ed Odeven

Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, has accepted a contract offer to play for the Gunma Crane Thunders for the upcoming season. Ely must pass a physical exam for the contract to be finalized. The Crane Thunders, who are entering their ...