'Big Three' give Japan high hopes

Basketball Aug 3, 2019

'Big Three' give Japan high hopes

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With star phenoms Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe on board, the Japan men's national team has gotten its teeth into its training ahead of the FIBA World Cup, which will begin later this month. The Akatsuki Five assembled a dozen players to start their first ...

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 ...

Japan routs Qatar to secure berth in basketball World Cup

Basketball Feb 25, 2019

Japan routs Qatar to secure berth in basketball World Cup

Japan completed an amazing turnaround to qualify for the basketball World Cup on Sunday, with Nick Fazekas keying an eighth straight win that punched the team's ticket to China. The U.S.-born Fazekas poured in 20 points and dominated the glass, finishing with 19 rebounds, as ...

Orimo continues to speak mind about Japan

Basketball Feb 18, 2019

Orimo continues to speak mind about Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Legendary star player Takehiko Orimo has always been brutally honest and outspoken about Japanese basketball, and his stance on the Akatsuki Five is no different. The Japanese men's national team will face Iran and Qatar on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, with a ticket to the ...