WJBL's Antelopes focus on positive gains

Basketball Dec 4, 2015

WJBL's Antelopes focus on positive gains

by Kaz Nagatsuka

In Japan's sports culture, you are supposed to be disappointed and mourn when you lose a game. That's, of course, a natural reaction for competitors. But you also need positive energy to channel that frustration into a vital force to move forward. This season, the Toyota ...

Basketball May 28, 2015

Star guard Oga joins WJBL's Toyota Antelopes

Yuko Oga is returning to the WBJL to play for the Toyota Antelopes, according to published reports this week. The 32-year-old veteran guard, a Yamagata native, helped lead the Japan national team to the 2013 FIBA Asian Championship for Women title, its first continental title ...

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

Basketball Dec 18, 2014

FIBA chief Baumann strikes tough tone on JBA ban

by Ed Odeven

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association's "lack of vision" is a fundamental problem stunting the sport's development throughout the nation. During a Thursday morning news conference, Baumann spoke with an authoritative tone about serious issues facing the Japan ...

Oga recognizes value of physical play

Basketball Aug 30, 2014

Oga recognizes value of physical play

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Star guard Yuko Oga insists the Japan's women's national team will show off a new style in Turkey at the FIBA World Championship for Women, which tips off late next month. How, physically speaking, is that possible? It may sound positive to hear something new will ...

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Basketball Jun 14, 2014

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan women's national team star Yuko Oga angrily pointed at a banner that hung on the wall at a practice gym while she had a conversation with reporters. The banner reads: "Go For Olympics." That's easier said than done. Oga thinks that the Japan Basketball Association, ...