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Rookie Tokashiki coming on strong for Storm

by Ed Odeven

Despite her team’s poor start, Seattle Storm forward Ramu Tokashiki has been a bright spot for the WNBA club in the early going this season. The 191-cm forward, who signed with the Storm in April, had consecutive season-high scoring performances over the weekend. On Saturday, the 24-year-old Tokashiki scored 14 ...

Jun 28, 2015

Pierce opts out of contract with Wizards

Paul Pierce is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Wizards and will become a free agent Wednesday. The veteran small forward signed a two-year deal with Washington last summer that included a reported $5.5 million player option for the ...

Timberwolves select Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

Jun 26, 2015

Timberwolves select Towns with No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle by selecting Karl-Anthony Towns with the first selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft, while the Los Angeles Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant and New York Knicks fans just got mad — though not ...

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

| Jun 25, 2015

Kanazawa signs veteran Yonamine

by Ed Odeven

The expansion Kanazawa Samuraiz made cerebral backcourt leader Tsubasa Yonamine their first veteran acquisition, reuniting him with his former Oita HeatDevils backcourt mate Yukinori Suzuki, the team’s new coach. Yonamine, 32, spent the past two seasons with the Iwate Big Bulls. He brings a ...

Jun 25, 2015

USBWA plans to honor Dean Smith

All the honors, remembrances and tributes have helped the family of late North Carolina Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith cope with their grief in the months since his death. “I don’t think we could’ve asked for more support from Chapel Hill, from the ...

Jun 25, 2015

FIBA vice president Xiao investigated for graft

A vice president of basketball’s international governing body has been placed under investigation for possible corruption in his native China. The ruling Communist Party’s disciplinary watchdog said on its website Thursday that Xiao Tian was suspected of serious graft. No details were given. Xiao ...

Cavs pick up Mozgov's 2016 option

Jun 24, 2015

Cavs pick up Mozgov's 2016 option

The Cavaliers have made their first, and easiest, move of the summer. As expected, the team picked up the $5 million option on center Timofey Mozgov’s contract for next season on Tuesday. There was never a doubt the Cavs would bring back the 216-cm ...

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

Jun 23, 2015

Geoffrey Katsuhisa set to take reins in Iwate

by Ed Odeven

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 ...

Grouses bringing Nash back for fourth season

Jun 23, 2015

Grouses bringing Nash back for fourth season

by Ed Odeven

Veteran bench boss Bob Nash, who has led the Toyama Grouses to sustained success since 2012, is returning to lead the bj-league club for the 2015-16 campaign. The Grouses made the announcement on Monday, confirming the expected news. As the bj-league enters its 11th ...

Jun 21, 2015

Potential No. 1 pick Towns works out for Timberwolves

Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, less than a week before the Wolves pick first in the NBA draft. Towns arrived in the Twin Cities on Friday night. He took a tour of the Wolves’ new $25 ...