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 ...

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 ...