Japan's 3x3 squad for Tokyo 2020 takes shape

Basketball Nov 22, 2019

Japan's 3x3 squad for Tokyo 2020 takes shape

by Kaz Nagatsuka

When 3x3 basketball's inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was announced, longtime proponent Tomoya Ochiai was beside himself. At the same time, he wondered if the sport's Olympic inclusion was legitimate. "When I first started playing, we would be playing on the concrete, sometimes in the ...

Golden Kings outclass Evessa

Basketball / B. League Jan 19, 2018

Golden Kings outclass Evessa

by Ed Odeven

The Ryukyu Golden Kings' potent inside-outside scoring attack worked effectively in a runaway victory over the host Osaka Evessa on Friday night. The Golden Kings knocked down 10 3-pointers, including Ryuichi Kishimoto's 5-for-5 output, in a 72-51 decision. Ryukyu All-Star forward Ira Brown sank three 3s ...

Golden Kings counting on veteran Ishizaki

Basketball / B. League Sep 26, 2017

Golden Kings counting on veteran Ishizaki

by Ed Odeven

Takumi Ishizaki brings a poised, cerebral presence to the court, and his arrival symbolizes a new era in Okinawa. The veteran floor leader's steady, polished game can boost any B. League team's backcourt. Which is what the combo guard will be expected to do for the ...