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T-Mac to move to China. - Oct 9, 2012
SHANGHAI Longtime NBA star Tracy McGrady is close to sealing a deal to play for Qingdao DoubleStar in China with an announcement expected within days, a team official said on Tuesday.
According to Japan Times, the team in the eastern city of Qingdao has reached a verbal agreement with the seven-time NBA All-Star and was waiting for McGrady to sign a contract, Qingdao's general manager Sheng Xishun told AFP.
"Both parties have reached a verbal agreement," Sheng said. "The contract is for one year." He declined to give financial details.
McGrady , 33, is familiar to Chinese fans through his years playing alongside the now-retired Yao Ming one of China's most popular athletes with the Houston Rockets.
| Hamamatsu target another league title.- Oct.2, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to Japan times, the 11th and final bj-league season gets underway on Friday night, signaling an end to several months of massive changes within the league. Meanwhile, three proud franchises - the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, Osaka Evessa and Ryukyu Golden Kings - have a shot at breaking the deadlock for most titles (three) before the book is closed on this colorful chapter in Japanese basketball history. The Evessa haven't won a title since league legends... [read more]
According to Japan times, the 11th and final bj-league season gets underway on Friday night, signaling an end to several months of massive changes within the league.
Meanwhile, three proud franchises - the reigning champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, Osaka Evessa and Ryukyu Golden Kings - have a shot at breaking the deadlock for most titles (three) before the book is closed on this colorful chapter in Japanese basketball history.
The Evessa haven't won a title since league legends and frontcourt stars Jeff Newton and Lynn Washington, now both retired, teamed up to guide the club to a three-peat from 2005-08.
The Golden Kings have never repeated as champs, but have had a near-decade of dominance since going 10-34 in their inaugural season in 2007-08, with titles in the 2008-09, 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons.
Hamamatsu grabbed back-to-back championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and returned to the top in May as coach Tomoya Higashino's master plan came to fruition.
The Phoenix retooled their roster over the offseason, adding power forward Reggie Warren and scoring ace Terrance Woodbury, among others. So, in short, it's a new-look team. But it remains to be seen if the loss of tone-setting veterans Mo Charlo, Jermaine Green, Nile Murry and Olu Ashaolu will drop the team from title contention.
Coaching changes: A massive overhaul of the league's coaching ranks took place since the Final Four wrapped up in May.
Returning teams with new bench bosses for the upcoming season are as follows: Aomori Wat's (Nobunaga Sato), Bambitious Nara (Kohei Eto), Gunma Crane Thunders (Hirokazu Nema), Iwate Big Bulls (Geoffrey Katsuhisa), Niigata Albirex BB (Kazuo Nakamura), Oita Ehima HeatDevils (Tomoyuki Umeda), Osaka Evessa (Dai Oketani), Rizing Fukuoka (Tomohiro Moriyama), Saitama Broncos (Ryutaro Onodera), Shimane Susanoo Magic (Michael Katsuhisa), Shinshu Brave Warriors (Koju Munakata), Takamatsu Five Arrows (Nobuyoshi Ito), Tokyo Cinq Reves (Hirosumi Tomatsu) and Yokohama B-Corsairs (Taketo Aoki).
Also, two expansion teams - Hiroshima Lightning (Joe Navarro) and Kanazawa Samuraiz (Yukinori Suzuki) - are led by men who enter the mix with clubs competing in this league for the first time.
Who's going where: For the B. League, the Japan Basketball Association's new 45-team, three-tier circuit combining the NBL, NBDL and bj-league under one umbrella set to launch during the 2016-17 campaign, 23 of 24 bj-league clubs have been assigned to either the first, second or third division.
The lone exception? The Hiroshima Lightning, who made the jump from the bj-Challenge League, a developmental circuit that featured just two clubs for its 2014-15 debut.
The franchise's future beyond the final bj-league season remains unclear at this time.
Here's the breakdown:
*First division: Akita, Hamamatsu, Kyoto, Niigata, Osaka, Ryukyu, Sendai, Shiga, Toyama and Yokohama.
*Second division: Aomori, Fukushima, Gunma, Iwate, Nara, Oita, Shimane, Shinshu and Takamatsu.
*Third division: Kanazawa, Fukuoka, Saitama and Tokyo.
Opening week schedule: Tokyo faces visiting Niigata and Hiroshima plays host to Ryukyu in a pair of two-game series that tip off on Friday. The rest of the weekend action begins on Saturday, with the following matchups: Aomori vs. Sendai, Akita vs. Saitama, Toyama vs. Iwate, Gunma vs. Shinshu, Yokohama vs. Fukushima, Kanazawa vs. Kyoto, Hamamatsu vs. Takamatsu, Osaka vs. Shiga, Shimane vs. Nara and Oita vs. Fukuoka.
Tyler update: Former Tokyo Apache big man Jeremy Tyler signed a training camp contract with the Houston Rockets.
Training camp began on Tuesday.
Tyler played for the Chinese Basketball Association's Shanxi Zhongyu last season. In 41 games, he averaged 22.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks.
After leaving China, Tyler, 24, suited up for the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He contributed 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in six games.
| Holm returns to Sendai- Aug.29, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, Chris Holm, an integral part of the Sendai 89ers' success during the final years of the Honoo Hamaguchi era, is returning to the Tohoku-based club.The veteran center finalized a deal with the 89ers for the 2015-16 season, the team recently announced.One of the premier rebounders in league history, Holm played a starring role for the Niigata Albirex BB, Kyoto Hannaryz and Shiga Lakestars, helping all three franchises, advance to the Final Four over the past fo... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, Chris Holm, an integral part of the Sendai 89ers' success during the final years of the Honoo Hamaguchi era, is returning to the Tohoku-based club.
The veteran center finalized a deal with the 89ers for the 2015-16 season, the team recently announced.
One of the premier rebounders in league history, Holm played a starring role for the Niigata Albirex BB, Kyoto Hannaryz and Shiga Lakestars, helping all three franchises, advance to the Final Four over the past four seasons.
Holm, a University of Vermont alum, played his final game for Sendai on March 6, 2011, in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, against the host Saitama Broncos. Holm grabbed 19 rebounds in the contest, a vintage performance that has been a hallmark of his career.
Five days later, the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the Tohoku region. The 89ers, who were 24-12 at the time, shut down for the rest of the season. (Hamaguchi left the club and became Kyoto's coach.)
Holm, meanwhile, went on to complete the season interrupted by tragedy with Niigata, and stayed with the team until the close of the 2012-13 campaign before stints with Kyoto and Shiga.
Now, he's on the move again. And he's happy to be back with the team that gave him his first opportunity in Japan in 2008.
'My family and I are super excited to go back to Sendai,' Holm told The Japan Times on Tuesday. 'As soon as the possibility came up, I knew that's where I wanted to go. The fans were always amazing, super supportive, the city is great, the front office and staff and players are all amazing people. . .
'My last tenure (with Sendai) ended so abruptly because of the earthquake that we never got to go back and get that end to it. Now I get to have this full-circle kind of thing where it's nearing the end of my career, and it's the last year of the bj-league and I get to finish in the same place I started.'
Holm, who turns 31 in November, replaces shot-blocking specialist Jeral Davis in the middle for the 89ers, who went 37-15 last season. He averaged 7.4 points and nearly 10.0 rebounds in 46 contests for the Lakestars.
New addition: Post player Evan Ravenel, a former Ohio State Buckeye, will suit up for the title-chasing Ryukyu Golden Kings this season.
The Ryukyu front office announced the deal on Tuesday.
Since turning pro in 2013, the 204-cm Ravenel has played in Bulgaria and Poland. Last season, the native of Tampa, Florida, averaged 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds for Polpharma Starogard Gdanski.
While with the Buckeyes, Ravenel's team reached the NCAA Tournament's Final Four and Elite Eight during his junior and senior seasons.
'I'm excited to be a part of the Kings and I hear we have the best fans in the league,' Ravenel said in a team-issued statement. 'I saw all the success the Kings were having and wanted to be a part of a winning organization. . .'
Roster taking shape: Niigata acquired veteran power forward Ryan Reid and guard Charles Hinkle for new bench boss Kazuo Nakamura's revamped lineup.
Reid, who was selected in the second round (57th overall pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, appeared in five games for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2011-12 season, averaging 1.6 points and 0.4 rebounds.
A former Florida State captain, the 204-cm Reid has played in the NBA Development League, Puerto Rico and, most recently, France.
Hinkle also brings D-League experience to the Albirex along with stints in Hungary and Turkey.
The 196-cm backcourt leader played at Vanderbilt University for three seasons. He then transferred to American University and earned All-Patriot League First Team honors as a senior for the 2011-12 season.
| Warren joins Hamamatsu - Aug.29, 2015 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, Reggie Warren, one of the premier players in bj-league history, will suit up for the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix in the circuit's final campaign.The Phoenix, who entered last season's playoffs as the Western Conference's No. 3 seed, made the announcement over the weekend.Warren played for the Kyoto Hannaryz, one of Hamamatsu's top conference rivals, during the 2014-15 campaign, when the Kansai club won a league-record 44 games. It was h... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, Reggie Warren, one of the premier players in bj-league history, will suit up for the defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix in the circuit's final campaign.
The Phoenix, who entered last season's playoffs as the Western Conference's No. 3 seed, made the announcement over the weekend.
Warren played for the Kyoto Hannaryz, one of Hamamatsu's top conference rivals, during the 2014-15 campaign, when the Kansai club won a league-record 44 games. It was his second one-year stint with the team. The University of West Florida alum was also named to the league's Best Five team for the third time.
The 34-year-old power forward is chasing his first title in Japan. He was a key performer on a pair of championship runnerup teams: Takamatsu Five Arrows (2006-07) and Rizing Fukuoka (2012-13). He's also played for the Saitama Broncos.
Now, before the launch of the Japan Professional Basketball League in the fall of 2016, a three-tier circuit combining the NBL, bj-league and NBDL, Warren shifts his focus to making an impact for the Phoenix.
'I am really thankful to be joining the reigning champions of the bj-league,' the star forward said in a statement issued by his new team. 'I look forward to another successful season and I'm excited about bringing another championship to the Phoenix organization.'
Staying put: Veteran post player Wendell White, a former league MVP, is returning to the Sendai 89ers for a third season.
White, a UNLV product, is a stabilizing force in the frontcourt for coach Shuto Kawachi's team.
Pieces to the puzzle: The expansion Hiroshima Lightning have signed a trio of import players for their inaugural season.
Guard Andre Murray, who attended Portland State, brings bj-league experience to the Lightning after splitting last season between Nara and Gunma.
The team also added 200-cm forward Adam Herman, who scored 22.4 points per game during the 2012-13 season (No. 4 overall in the NAIA Division II ranks), when he was a junior at Concordia University, a Cascade Collegiate Conference school.
Herman played under current Lightning bench boss Joe Navarro while with the IBL's Vancouver Volcanoes in 2014. Navarro also served as a Concordia assistant during Herman's time there.
Also, Hiroshima acquired the services of 214-cm center Gijo Bain, whose pro career has included stops in Iran, Spain, Mexico and the IBL.
Bain, a 30-year-old native of the Bahamas, led the University of Southern Mississippi in blocked shots (1.7 per game) during both his junior and senior seasons, 2006-07 and 2007-08.
| Hamamatsu sign Warren Aug.29, 2015 |
| JPBL to face many challenges from inaugural season Jul.23, 2015 |
| Suzuki takes charge at Kanazawa Jun.20, 2015 |
| Akita, Iwate, Hamamatsu, Shiga advance to Final Four May.12, 2015 |
| Shiga's Toyama relies on mentor to improve Lakestars Apr.10, 2015 |
| Karimata, Jones carry Fukushima past Yokohama Mar.31, 2015 |
| Akita overcome struggling Tokyo Dec.19, 2014 |
| Shiga outplays Gunma in first bj-league contest for ex-NBA coach Parker, center Ely Oct.11, 2014 |
| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback Sep.6, 2014 |
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach Aug.2, 2014 |
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season Jun.26, 2014 |
| Golden Kings dismantle Happinets in bj-league final As Kishimoto is named MVP May.26, 2014 |
| Brave Warriors avenge loss to 89ers Apr.21, 2014 |
| Nakama set to retire Apr.21, 2014 |
| Iwate cruises past Gunma, keeps victory streak alive Apr.21, 2014 |
| Joho powers Grouses past Evessa Mar.18, 2014 |
| East power Akita decides to make roster move: source Feb.7, 2014 |
| Shimizu leads HeatDevils past Hannaryz Jan.9, 2014 |
| Shimane struggling after departure of coach, top star Jan.9, 2014 |
| Akita making run for title Dec.8, 2013 |
| D-League teams draft five bj-league alumni Nov.6, 2013 |
| Murry leads Niigata past previously unbeaten Toyama Nov.6, 2013 |
| B-Corsairs slump to defeat against Big Bulls Nov.6, 2013 |
| Alvark beat Brex to get NBL up and running Oct.3, 2013 |
| Players react after NBL takes unilateral action Oct.3, 2013 |
| Nakamuras coaching tree stretches throughout league Sep.2, 2013 |
| Hitachi Sunrockers sign Darryl Webb Jul.28, 2013 |
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