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Ochiai hoping to lift Japan's 1-on-1 profile

Jul 23, 2014

Ochiai hoping to lift Japan's 1-on-1 profile

by Jason Coskrey

Japan isn’t exactly a place where one expects to find world-renowned streetball players. While there have been some — notably Yuichiro “Samurai” Morishita who had a stint with the famed And1 stable — Japan’s cupboard has remained mostly bare in terms of global recognition. ...

Jul 23, 2014

CEO: Rivers to quit if Sterling stays

Los Angeles Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he’ll quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. Parsons made the statement in a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team ...

Jul 23, 2014

Philippine fans angered by NBA visit

Organizers of a visit by a group of NBA stars to the basketball-mad Philippines have apologized and offered refunds after an exhibition game was abruptly canceled. Tycoon Manny Pangilinan, whose company sponsored the scheduled match Tuesday night between a visiting NBA contingent and the ...

Pacers sign Stuckey to help backcourt

Jul 22, 2014

Pacers sign Stuckey to help backcourt

Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA’s best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey. It’s a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division ...

Jul 22, 2014

LeBron taking tour through China

LeBron James began his tour of China on Monday by exchanging gifts with another former child prodigy. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star was greeted pianist Lang Lang at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing in front of hundreds of basketball fans. The two exchanged gifts, ...

Jul 22, 2014

Kings nab Summer League crown

Ray McCallum scored 29 points and Sacramento rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final minutes, as the Kings topped the Houston Rockets 77-68 Monday night in the NBA Summer League championship game. The Kings went 6-1 at Las Vegas, and McCallum more than ...

Jul 22, 2014

Ex-Laker Cooper has tongue cancer

Atlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper has early stage tongue cancer and has taken a leave from the WNBA team. He will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta and a full recovery is expected, the Dream said Monday. ...

Jul 20, 2014

WNBA great Leslie elected to HOF

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie headlines the 2015 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class announced Saturday. She is joined by former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors, longtime Oregon high school coach ...

Jul 18, 2014

U.S. hoops squad plans visit to Senegal

The U.S. men’s national basketball team will visit the African continent for the first time, conducting a coaching clinic in Senegal next month. The Americans will travel to Dakar on Aug. 27 and join the Senegal national team in putting on the clinic for ...

Jul 18, 2014

NBA legend Russell OK after fainting

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell was OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe on Thursday, the Boston Celtics said. Team spokesman Brian Olive said the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline ...

Togashi turning heads at NBA Summer League

Jul 18, 2014

Togashi turning heads at NBA Summer League

by Ed Odeven

Yuki Togashi’s big ambitions have captivated a city filled with endless attractions. The 167-cm point guard, who’s on a quest to latch on with an NBA team for the upcoming season, is the talk of the town in Las Vegas. A short sample of ...