Kobe Bryant: His legacy in Japan

Basketball / NBA Jan 27, 2020

Kobe Bryant: His legacy in Japan

by Ed Odeven

What does Kobe Bryant mean to Japan's basketball culture? Simply put, he was the most popular player here since Michael Jordan retired for good in 2003. He was the biggest star of the 21st century, and the player whose presence was missed the most at ...

Swift's comeback bid continues with tryout

Basketball Oct 20, 2016

Swift's comeback bid continues with tryout

by Ed Odeven

Robert Swift's attempt to revive his pro basketball career continues. More than five-and-a-half years after playing his final professional game for the Tokyo Apache, the veteran center is vying to make a comeback in the NBA Development League. On Sunday, Swift participated in a workout, including ...

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

Basketball Oct 11, 2016

Aoki leaves lasting legacy on Japan hoops

by Ed Odeven

Whenever he stepped on the court during 11 distinguished seasons as a special ambassador for Japan pro basketball, Cohey Aoki increased the visibility of the sport. Fans loved watching him play, and rightfully so. He displayed a pure joy for the game, but exhibited a ...

League blows chance to honor Aoki

Basketball / BJ-League | HOOP SCOOP Jan 23, 2016

League blows chance to honor Aoki

by Ed Odeven

It's absolutely ridiculous that the most popular player in bj-league history is not going to play in the circuit's 10th and final All-Star Game. But it's not surprising. Really, it isn't. The bj-league has often failed to do things logically. And it's often failed to capitalize ...

Well-traveled Tyler going back to China

Basketball Nov 26, 2015

Well-traveled Tyler going back to China

by Ed Odeven

Former Tokyo Apache and NBA big man Jeremy Tyler is returning to China. Tyler will play for Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to published reports. The CBA season is already underway, and Fujian is 4-4 in the 20-team circuit as of press time ...

Basketball Nov 3, 2015

Verdell Jones III joins D-League's Warriors

by Ed Odeven

Guard Verdell Jones III, who helped the Fukushima Firebonds reach the bj-league playoffs as an expansion team last season, has been named to the Santa Cruz Warriors' 15-man training camp roster, the NBA Development League team announced on Monday. Training camp opened on Tuesday for ...

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

Basketball / BJ-League Jul 24, 2015

Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

by Ed Odeven

The Rizing Fukuoka on Thursday handed the coaching reins to Tomohiro Moriyama, who steered the Shimane Susanoo Magic to the playoffs after a disastrous start last season. The 31-year-old Moriyama replaces veteran mentor Joe Bryant, the now-defunct Tokyo Apache's original bench boss, on the Rizing ...