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The emergence of NBA players such as Yuta Watanabe has raised expectations for Japanese basketball after years of stagnation and struggles.
BASKETBALL
Sep 12, 2023
Japan's FIBA World Cup success the result of hard-won reforms
The establishment of a professional league and the emergence of NBA stars have given Japanese basketball fans hope for an even brighter future.
Germany's Dennis Schroder lifts the trophy after his team's win over Serbia in the Basketball World Cup final in Manila on Sunday.
BASKETBALL
Sep 11, 2023
'Team-first' mentality carries Germany to first Basketball World Cup title
Both Germany and Serbia had already qualified for next year's Paris Olympics as the World Cup's two highest-placed European teams.
Team Canada celebrates after beating the United States in the bronze-medal match at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Manila on Sunday.
BASKETBALL
Sep 10, 2023
Canada outlasts Team USA in OT for first-ever FIBA World Cup medal
Team USA, previously unbeaten in its four bronze-medal matches, recorded the most points it has ever conceded in a World Cup game.
Japan players wave to the crowd after qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics following a win over Cape Verde in a FIBA Basketball World Cup match at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Sep 6, 2023
World Cup puts bounce in Japan basketball's step ahead of Olympics
The co-host's qualification for the Paris Games has left many people buzzing.
Mikal Bridges of the U.S. lays up during a FIBA Basketball World Cup quarterfinal match against Italy in Manila on Tuesday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Sep 6, 2023
United States and Serbia cruise into Basketball World Cup semifinals
Team USA, the highest-ranked side still left in the tournament, trounced Italy 100-63.
Borisa Simanic (right) in action against China during the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Quezon City, the Philippines, on Aug. 26
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Sep 5, 2023
Serbia player loses kidney at Basketball World Cup
Simanic had an operation in a Manila hospital after being hit by a South Sudan player's elbow during a competition pool game on Aug. 30.
Canada's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drives against Brazil's Alberto Diaz during their game at the Basketball World Cup in Jakarta on Sunday.
BASKETBALL
Sep 4, 2023
Canada knocks defending champion Spain out of Basketball World Cup
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 13 points in the decisive fourth quarter to lift Canada to the win.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe celebrates after the team's win over Cape Verde during the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Okinawa on Saturday. Japan earned an Olympic berth with the win.
BASKETBALL
Sep 3, 2023
Japan achieved ambitious Paris Olympic goal during FIBA World Cup
World No. 36 Japan claimed Asia's only direct ticket to next summer's Paris Games by finishing first among Asian teams at the Basketball World Cup.
South Sudan qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics as highest-placed African team at the Basketball World Cup.
BASKETBALL
Sep 3, 2023
Jubilant South Sudan qualifies for Paris Olympics
South Sudan coach Royal Ivey said the team had brought "unity, camaraderie, love and friendship" to the country.
Members of team Japan celebrate their victory after their FIBA Basketball World Cup Group O match match with Cape Verde on Saturday.
BASKETBALL
Sep 2, 2023
Japan secures Olympic berth with World Cup win over Cape Verde
Japan books its ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics, triumphing over Cape Verde 80-71 in a FIBA World Cup Group O matchup.
Yuta Watanabe celebrates Japan's comback win over Venenzula at the Okinawa Arena on Thursday.
BASKETBALL
Sep 1, 2023
With victory over Venezuela, Japan inches closer to Olympics
In a nail-biter, Japan erases a nine-point gap to triumph over Venezuela. They are now just one win away from securing their Olympic dreams.
China's Peng Zhou on Wednesday after his team's defeat. China's women's team is a global powerhouse, but the men have failed to meet expectations in recent years despite an infusion of naturalized players from overseas.
BASKETBALL
Aug 31, 2023
Chinese fans despair over Basketball World Cup result
China needed to win their final group match on Wednesday night and hope the other results went their way, but were outclassed 107-89 by Puerto Rico.
Japan's Yuta Watanabe shoots during the team's loss to Australia on Tuesday in Okinawa.
BASKETBALL
Aug 30, 2023
Japan's World Cup run ends with loss to Australia
World No. 36 Japan ran into a brick wall in the form of No. 3 Australia at Okinawa Arena.
Cape Verde players (front) celebrate with fans after their win over Venezuela in a FIBA Basketball World Cup Group F game at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 29, 2023
Cape Verde continues record-setting Basketball World Cup run
Head coach Emanuel Trovoada's 64th-ranked team upset No. 17 Venezuela 81-75 at Okinawa Arena, sparking animated celebrations.
Australian will be determined to bounce back after going down 85-82 in Sunday's heavyweight Basketball World Cup battle with Germany.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 28, 2023
Japan must shoot lights out against Australia, coach says
Tom Hovasse said his players would need to take things up another notch in their final group game Tuesday against a "bigger, stronger" Australian side.
Japan's players celebrate their Basketball World Cup win over Finland at Okinawa Arena in Okinawa Prefecture on Sunday.
BASKETBALL / Basketball
Aug 28, 2023
Japan gets first World Cup win in thriller against Finland
Japan head coach Tom Hovasse heaped praise on his players for never giving up during a "crazy game."
Keisei Tominaga (left) represents the second generation of his family to play at basketball's biggest international tournament.
BASKETBALL
Aug 23, 2023
Keisei Tominaga follows in dad's footsteps at Basketball World Cup
Hiroyuki Tominaga's experience at the 1998 World Championship inspired him to encourage his son to go abroad.
Australian forward Nick Kay scored 12 points in his team's win over France at Ariake Arena on Sunday.
BASKETBALL
Aug 21, 2023
Australian B-League star Nick Kay says Boomers won't overlook Japan
Kay said world No. 3 Australia will be wary of 36th-ranked Japan at the World Cup despite the gap between the teams in the rankings.
Japan's Hirotaka Yoshii (center) defends against Slovenia's Luka Doncic during the first quarter at Tokyo's Ariake Arena on Saturday.
BASKETBALL
Aug 20, 2023
Luka Doncic sends World Cup signal as Slovenia hammers Japan
Yudai Baba scored 13 points for a Japan side once again missing Phoenix Suns guard-forward Yuta Watanabe, who hurt his ankle Tuesday in a win over Angola.
Japan's Yuki Kawamura attempts a shot against France during their game at Ariake Arena on Thursday night.
BASKETBALL
Aug 18, 2023
France pulls away late to beat Japan in World Cup warmup
Japan came up short in a bid to replicate its 2021 upset of basketball heavyweight France.

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