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 ...

Yuta Watanabe makes positive impact as a rookie

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Apr 18, 2019

Yuta Watanabe makes positive impact as a rookie

by Ed Odeven

Yuta Watanabe's blue-collar work ethic and perpetual desire to improve were defining characteristics of his rookie season. Playing for the Memphis Grizzlies and the team's NBA G League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle, Watanabe made positive impressions throughout the long season. The bulk of his playing time ...

Orimo continues to speak mind about Japan

Basketball Feb 18, 2019

Orimo continues to speak mind about Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Legendary star player Takehiko Orimo has always been brutally honest and outspoken about Japanese basketball, and his stance on the Akatsuki Five is no different. The Japanese men's national team will face Iran and Qatar on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, with a ticket to the ...

Japan squad set for big challenges

Basketball Feb 12, 2019

Japan squad set for big challenges

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The players and staff seemed relaxed. That is a good indication of their state of mind as they get into the final window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. The provisional Japanese men's national team began its final training camp on Tuesday before its ...