Rizing Zephyr rapidly climbing B. League ladder

Basketball / B. League Jan 10, 2018

Rizing Zephyr rapidly climbing B. League ladder

by Ed Odeven

Without much fanfare, the Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka are in the midst of an impressive, yet steady climb up the Japan pro basketball ladder. When the B. League was established as a three-division, 45-club circuit before the 2016-17 campaign, the Rizing were assigned to B3. It wasn't ...

Basketball / BJ-League Jun 9, 2015

Munakata replaces Kawai on Shinshu bench

by Ed Odeven

Six days after his tenure with the Amori Wat's ended, Koju Munakata became the Shinshu Brave Warriors' new head coach. The bj-league's Eastern Conference team announced the hire on Monday. The 48-year-old Munakata led the Aomori Wat's for the past two seasons, which were the first ...

Basketball / BJ-League May 30, 2014

Kawai to remain Shinshu coach for 2014-15 season

by Ed Odeven

After leading the Shinshu Brave Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, head coach Ryuji Kawai will return to the sideline for the bj-league's 2014-15 season, the Eastern Conference club announced on Thursday. Kawai guided the Nagano Prefecture-based Warriors to a ...

Kawai out as coach of Hamamatsu

Basketball / BJ-League Mar 2, 2013

Kawai out as coach of Hamamatsu

by Ed Odeven

In the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of pro basketball, Ryuji Kawai's 60-30 record in 90 games as head coach wasn't good enough. Nor was the fact that as a rookie head coach he took the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix to the bj-league title game last May at Ariake ...