Japan hoop legend Kohama dead at 84

Jan 13, 2017

Japan hoop legend Kohama dead at 84

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Mototaka Kohama, affectionately known as the "Godfather of Japanese basketball," died on Thursday. He was 84. Kohama passed away from pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. He had been battling cancer. The coaching legend's lifelong passion for the game inspired generations of players and coaches in Japan. ...

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

Mar 4, 2016

Struggling Chiba Jets fire Pavlicevic

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The Chiba Jets have parted ways with head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic, the NBL club announced on Friday. Former Jets guard Hiroki Sato was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Pavlicevic, a well-traveled head coach in the former Yugoslavia, Europe and Japan ...

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

/ Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

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Geoffrey Katsuhisa will be named the new head coach of the Iwate Big Bulls, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is imminent, basketball sources said on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Katsuhisa has served as an assistant coach for the Chiba Jets since their inception in 2011 ...

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

Jun 14, 2015

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

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The NBL's Chiba Jets have hired former Japan men's national team head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic as their new bench boss, the Eastern Conference club announced on Sunday. The 64-year-old Croatian established his name during a long coaching career in Europe. His successes include a pair ...

Levanga Hokkaido, Wakayama Trians make coaching changes

Dec 3, 2014

Levanga Hokkaido, Wakayama Trians make coaching changes

The struggling Levanga Hokkaido announced on Wednesday that they've fired head coach Juan Manuel Hurtado Perez and named his assistant, Kota Mizuno, interim head coach. Last season, Perez, a 40-year-old Spaniard, led the NBL Eastern Conference club to a 31-23 record, the best winning percentage ...

Nov 27, 2014

Veteran star Parker to leave Wakayama, join Toyota

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The NBL's Wakayama Trians have gone from title contender to near-the-basement dweller in less than a year. And now, the cash-strapped Trians have lost star forward Michael Parker to the Toyota Alvark, The Japan Times has learned. An announcement is expected within the next few days, ...