Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

Basketball Mar 27, 2013

Basketball providing quality diversion in Miyagi Prefecture

by Ed Odeven

Taking a look back at an action-packed Sunday in the bj-league. News, notes and observations... *On Sunday morning, I briefly conversed with a middle-aged train engineer at Sendai Station while en route to Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, for the Sendai 89ers-Osaka Evessa series finale. The friendly ...

Team spirit carries Evessa past 89ers

Basketball Mar 25, 2013

Team spirit carries Evessa past 89ers

by Ed Odeven

In Bill Cartwright's view, team spirit is a unifying force that can deliver results and guide a team on the path to success. And he should know, having played a starring role for the Chicago Bulls' first three-peat (1990-91, 1991-92 and 1992-93) and absorbing hoops ...

Evessa finish strong in fourth, end three-game skid

Basketball Feb 25, 2013

Evessa finish strong in fourth, end three-game skid

by Ed Odeven

In the season's first 24 games, the Osaka Evessa, the bj-league's first powerhouse team, collected five victories. They've now played 10 games under new head coach Bill Cartwright. Their record in that span? Five wins and five defeats. The Evessa snapped a three-game losing streak on ...

Evessa gather steam with win over HeatDevils

Basketball Feb 11, 2013

Evessa gather steam with win over HeatDevils

by Ed Odeven

The Osaka Evessa do not look like a championship contender. And it will probably take a minor miracle for the Western Conference club to qualify for the playoffs this season. But this much is certain: The Evessa are headed in the right direction under new ...