Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 11, 2019

Japan's shortcomings laid bare at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

High hopes turned into devastation — and misery. With an 80-65 loss to Montenegro on Monday, the Japan men's basketball team concluded its campaign at the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a disastrous 0-5 record, the worst-ever outcome for the team in the sport's extravaganza. Considering ...

Japan focused on success at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Aug 26, 2019

Japan focused on success at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With the FIBA World Cup just around the corner, the Japan men's national team will head to China with confidence, but also with some issues that need to be fixed. The squad played a series of warm-up games against New Zealand, Argentina, Germany and Tunisia ...

Japan rallies in second half to beat Germany

Basketball Aug 24, 2019

Japan rallies in second half to beat Germany

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The arena DJ encouraged the jam-packed, 18,355 fans at Saitama Super Arena saying, "Louder! Louder!" But it was perhaps unnecessary because they were already pretty loud, extremely loud. The Japan men's national team bounced back from its early struggles and managed to edge Germany 86-83 on ...

Big guns set to lead Japan at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Jul 30, 2019

Big guns set to lead Japan at FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's "Big Three" — Rui Hachimura, Yuta Watanabe and Nick Fazekas — headline the provisional roster of the Japan men's national team for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Japan Basketball Association officially announced on Tuesday. The 16-man squad was introduced at Fuji Television ...