Basketball Jun 3, 2016

Niigata selects Shoji to be next head coach

by Ed Odeven

Kazuhiro Shoji, a former Niigata Albirex BB player at the start of the 21st century, takes over as the team's new head coach as the franchise prepares for the inaugural B. League season. The Albirex made the announcement on Thursday. Shoji, 42, returns to Niigata ...

Basketball Mar 27, 2016

Broncos' woes continue in defeat to Happinets

by Ed Odeven

In the history of professional sports — pick a sport, any sport — very few franchises have achieved the level of futility that's become the Saitama Broncos' trademark. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Broncos have lost 133 of their 148 regular-season games. ...

Basketball Feb 28, 2016

B-Corsairs rise to occasion with victory over Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Yokohama B-Corsairs issued a challenge to themselves before Sunday's series finale against the Eastern Conference rival Saitama Broncos. The B-Corsairs repeated that challenge at halftime, when they faced a seven-point deficit at Yokohama International Swimming Pool. The hosts regrouped in the third quarter, taking head ...

Hard-working Albirex pound Broncos

Basketball Nov 1, 2015

Hard-working Albirex pound Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Niigata Albirex BB and Saitama Broncos have provided a decade-long case study: different ways of doing business. Their records speak for themselves. As the two charter members of the bj-league, formed as a six-team circuit for the 2005-06 season, they were once viewed as the ...

Broncos, family pay tribute to Uhle

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Sep 12, 2015

Broncos, family pay tribute to Uhle

by Ed Odeven

Since the bj-league's inception in 2005, the Saitama Broncos have never been a model franchise. As the league has rapidly grown from six teams for its inaugural season to its present 24-squad setup, Saitama, one of the league's two charter clubs, has been negatively affected ...

Basketball Aug 21, 2015

Broncos signee Uhle, 22, dies in Atlanta

by Ed Odeven

A prospective Saitama Broncos player for the upcoming season has died before his professional career began. Center Chris Uhle, who attended NCAA Division II Rollins College, passed away at age 22 on Wednesday of an apparent heart attack, according to published reports in Florida. As of ...

Basketball May 14, 2015

Shimoji won't return to coach Saitama for 2015-16 season

by Ed Odeven

As expected, the Saitama Broncos are making a coaching change after another atrocious season. Head coach Kazuaki Shimoji won't be back on the sideline for the 2015-16 campaign, the Broncos announced on Thursday afternoon. Saitama posted a 6-46 record in Shimoji's lone season at the helm. The ...