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 ...

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 ...

Summer League players help boost NBA abroad

Basketball / NBA Jul 13, 2019

Summer League players help boost NBA abroad

by Ed Odeven

After an NBA Board of Governors meeting earlier this week, commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media, and that gathering in New York included an assessment of the rise in Japanese players during the ongoing NBA Summer League. The commissioner also commented on the positive impact ...