Kohama's legacy certain to live on

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Feb 11, 2017

Kohama's legacy certain to live on

by Ed Odeven

Mototaka Kohama leaves behind a trail of memories with those who knew him well or casually crossed paths with him during his decades-long involvement in basketball. After the Godfather of Japanese basketball's death on Jan. 12 at age 84 after a battle with cancer, those ...

Japan hoop legend Kohama dead at 84

Basketball Jan 13, 2017

Japan hoop legend Kohama dead at 84

by Ed Odeven

Mototaka Kohama, affectionately known as the "Godfather of Japanese basketball," died on Thursday. He was 84. Kohama passed away from pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. He had been battling cancer. The coaching legend's lifelong passion for the game inspired generations of players and coaches in Japan. ...

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Aug 27, 2016

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

by Ed Odeven

A few days before the Rio Olympics kicked off, Mototaka Kohama, the godfather of Japanese basketball, reunited with one of his closest friends. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made a long-awaited visit to Japan to see Kohama. The two men hadn't seen each other in ...

Lowry, DeRozan shine as Raptors get even

Basketball / NBA May 24, 2016

Lowry, DeRozan shine as Raptors get even

A series that once looked lopsided is now even. Kyle Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, and DeMar DeRozan had 32 as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 ...

Raptors snap Spurs' streak

Basketball / NBA Dec 10, 2015

Raptors snap Spurs' streak

Dwane Casey liked what he saw from his Raptors, and wants to see it more often. DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points, Kyle Lowry added 19 and Toronto snapped the San Antonio Spurs' four-game winning streak with a 97-94 victory on Wednesday night. Casey has seen this ...

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

Basketball / NBA | HOOP SCOOP Dec 12, 2014

Casey has fueled rise by Raptors

by Ed Odeven

The Toronto Raptors' climb hasn't been an overnight miracle. But it's been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey. The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to lead ...

Basketball / NBA May 6, 2014

Raptors set to give Casey a three-year extension: source

Dwane Casey started the season in the perilous position of working for a new general manager and coaching a young Toronto Raptors roster that was widely believed to be on the ground floor of a remodel. He turned the situation into an Atlantic Division championship ...