Wizards welcome Rui Hachimura

Basketball / NBA Jun 22, 2019

Wizards welcome Rui Hachimura

Washington Wizards fans can expect to see Rui Hachimura "play hard" every time he takes the floor, the NBA team's first-round draft pick said Friday. Fronting the media for his introductory press conference at Washington's Capital One Arena, the NBA's ninth overall pick said he ...

Rui Hachimura aims to inspire others

Basketball / NBA Jun 20, 2019

Rui Hachimura aims to inspire others

Rui Hachimura used to adore a manga and anime series called "Slam Dunk," which followed a high school basketball team's trials and tribulations and helped bring the sport into the Japanese consciousness. Though Hachimura was born in Toyama Prefecture two years after the series ended ...

Rui Hachimura excites draft experts

Basketball / NBA Jun 8, 2019

Rui Hachimura excites draft experts

by Ed Odeven

Mark your calendars. June 20 is the day that officially puts Japan on the global basketball map like never before. The reason? The 2019 NBA Draft will forever change Rui Hachimura's life and, possibly, perceptions about Japanese basketball players. The dynamic former Gonzaga University forward appears to be ...