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 looking to end FIBA World Cup on high note

Basketball Sep 8, 2019

Japan looking to end FIBA World Cup on high note

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan men's national team is wounded both physically and mentally. Which makes posting its first win at the FIBA World Cup appear to be a daunting task, especially considering the absence of star player Rui Hachimura. Japan will face Montenegro in its final World ...

Rui Hachimura to sit out remainder of FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 6, 2019

Rui Hachimura to sit out remainder of FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star forward Rui Hachimura will not play in Japan's consolation games against New Zealand and Montenegro in order to rest his weary body, the Japan Basketball Association announced on Friday. A decision was made regarding Hachimura after discussions between the JBA and the Washington Wizards, ...

U.S. crushes Japan in World Cup group game

Basketball Sep 6, 2019

U.S. crushes Japan in World Cup group game

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The result was anticipated. Nevertheless, the game left the Akatsuki Five with grief and a sigh. The Japan men’s national team posted a third straight loss in the first round of the FIBA World Cup with a 98-45 pounding to reigning tournament and Olympic champion ...

Japan eager to show improvement on hardwood

Basketball Sep 4, 2019

Japan eager to show improvement on hardwood

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Most of the players on Japan's roster for the current FIBA World Cup didn't make the trip to Belgrade three years ago for the Olympic Qualification Tournament ahead of the 2016 Rio Games. Despite not being part of that team, which looked helpless in an ...

Rui Hachimura proving himself on World Cup stage

Basketball Sep 4, 2019

Rui Hachimura proving himself on World Cup stage

Rui Hachimura believes his game has grown this summer. He knows his confidence has. It has been a hectic and nonexistent offseason for the soon-to-be Washington Wizards rookie — he was drafted No. 9 overall in June, played NBA summer league in July and has ...

Japanese fans flock to Shanghai for FIBA World Cup

Basketball Sep 1, 2019

Japanese fans flock to Shanghai for FIBA World Cup

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The rapidly growing popularity of Japanese basketball and its men's national team has brought fans from the country to China for the FIBA World Cup. Longtime basketball fan Atsushi Kawai was one of many eager Akatsuki Five fanatics wearing vivid red Japan T-shirts at Shanghai ...