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JBA head Fukatsu to resign

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan Basketball Association president Yasuhiko Fukatsu announced his resignation from the helm during a Tokyo news conference on Thursday with the sport’s national governing body likely to face a ban from FIBA. Fukatsu said that during a JBA board meeting on the same day he revealed his intention to step ...

Oct 23, 2014

NBA owners reject lottery reform

One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA’s owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers. A proposal that would reduce the incentive for teams to ...

LeBron back home with mission to finally deliver title

Oct 22, 2014

LeBron back home with mission to finally deliver title

Four years away from home changed LeBron James. He came back more mature, more focused, more complete — in a class by himself as a player. More significantly, playing with Dwyane Wade in Miami taught him how to be a champion, and James won ...

Oct 22, 2014

Mavericks waive Togashi

The Dallas Mavericks said Tuesday they have waived Japan guard Yuki Togashi along with forward Eric Griffin. The 21-year-old Togashi signed a contract with the Mavericks on Oct. 15 and was informed at that time that he was bound for Dallas’ developmental league team, ...

Durant not planning to rush return

Oct 22, 2014

Durant not planning to rush return

Thunder forward Kevin Durant is having a tough time getting used to the fact that he will miss the early part of the season with a bone fracture in his right foot. “I’ve been antsy since I got out of surgery,” he said Tuesday. ...

Oct 21, 2014

Ex-Apache Tyler to play in China

Forward Jeremy Tyler is on the move again. This time, he’s headed to China for the 2014-15 basketball season, Yahoo Sports has reported. Tyler, who was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers in September, appeared in three preseason games with the NBA club, then ...

Oct 20, 2014

Celtics win experimental game

Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game. There was a good reason he hadn’t been subbed out yet, though. In ...

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

Oct 19, 2014

Grouses make more capital gains with sweep of Broncos

by Ed Odeven

The Toyama Grouses have traveled to Kanto twice over the past eight days to face Tokyo-area teams. Maybe the expression “home sweet home” should be altered for Toyama’s sake — with the current emphasis on road trips. Coach Bob Nash’s club swept the Tokyo ...

Oct 19, 2014

NBL takes over running of Robots

The National Basketball League has taken control over managing the Tsukuba Robots, it was announced on Saturday. In a news release issued by the NBL, the second-year league that’s the successor to the JBL, “deterioration of business conditions” for Ibaraki Sports Academy, which ran ...

Oct 18, 2014

Mavericks roll past LeBron, Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt figured the best way to handle his first loss was with a joke. “Well,” he said. “I guess we’re not going 90-0 this year.” No, the Cavs are far from perfect — and far from a finished product. Chandler ...

Oct 17, 2014

Kyoto improves to 5-0; Akita routs Fukushima

by Ed Odeven

After three straight trips to the Final Four, the Kyoto Hannaryz are hungry to capture a title in coach Honoo Hamaguchi’s fourth season at the helm. Winning bj-league games keeps that focus in the spotlight, and the unbeaten Kyoto Hannaryz defeated the Bambitious Nara ...