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Despite suffering a severe knee injury, basketball star Ramu Tokashiki has not yet abandoned her hopes of competing at the Summer Olympics, writes Kaz Nagatsuka.

Tokashiki, undisputedly Japan’s best player, tore her right ACL in December. Even so, her name was among those listed last month when the Japan Basketball Association revealed the 22 players who would participate in a national team training camp.

With 193 cm Tokashiki’s appearance at the games in doubt, Japan head coach Tom Hovasse has had to adjust to using a small-ball game plan in his bid to clinch a gold medal in Tokyo, Nagatsuka reports.

Ramu Tokashiki dominates on both ends of the floor! | FIBA WOMEN'S ASIA CUP 2019 | FIBA - THE BASKETBALL CHANNEL
Ramu Tokashiki dominates on both ends of the floor! | FIBA WOMEN’S ASIA CUP 2019 | FIBA – THE BASKETBALL CHANNEL

Over in the B. League, the second-placed Kawasaki Brave Thunders are determined to accomplish big things with their signature “Big Lineup” centered around Nick Fazekas and the team’s three imports, writes Nagatsuka.

Meanwhile, the Alvark Tokyo — the two-time reigning champions — won’t even make the playoffs in what has been by far the rockiest season they have experienced in their five years in the league.

And finally, in a sign of how big things are expected of teen phenom Yuki Kawamura, the Tokai University point guard has joined Asics’ roster of advisors, which includes Tokashiki, as the firm seeks to get its basketball shoes noticed overseas.

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