Storks hand coaching reins to Miodrag Rajkovic

Basketball / B. League Jul 28, 2018

Storks hand coaching reins to Miodrag Rajkovic

by Ed Odeven

The Nishinomiya Storks on Saturday named Miodrag Rajkovic as their new head coach. The 47-year-old Serbian mentor led the Toyama Grouses in 2017-18, but was not retained. Toyama went 24-36. Kensaku Tennichi, who guided the Osaka Evessa to three championships in as many seasons at the ...

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Apr 7, 2016

Passing skills elevate Sendai's game

by Ed Odeven

Building an offense around good ball movement isn't a revolutionary concept in basketball. It's a proven formula for success at all levels. Good passing always helps to create scoring opportunities. The Sendai 89ers rely on gifted passers to generate their high-powered offense. That approach has paid ...

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Mar 12, 2016

Tohoku teams part of community fabric

by Ed Odeven

Men's pro basketball has thrived in Tohoku during the slow, difficult recovery from the March 11 disasters. Five years later, the sport has established a strong foothold and a tradition, laying the foundation for the future. A quick glance at the bj-league's Eastern Conference standings will ...

Vets help get Sendai off to quick start

Basketball | BJ-LEAGUE NOTEBOOK Oct 22, 2015

Vets help get Sendai off to quick start

by Ed Odeven

The Sendai 89ers have relied on the stellar contributions of several players en route to six straight wins to open the new season. Credit longtime point guard Takehiko Shimura and irreplaceable forward Wendell White along with several newcomers for setting the tone. Third-year bench boss Shuto ...