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| Alvark hold off Kings spirited comeback- Sep.6, 2014 (by Emeka)|
According to the Japan Times, the Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday's preseason game in Okinawa City. The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team, held on for a 76-75 victory over the defending bj-league champion before an announced crowd of 3,223. On Wednesday, Toyota defeated host Ryukyu 80-78 in the preseason opener for both teams. Golden Kings guard Draelon Burns scored a ga... [read more]
According to the Japan Times, the Toyota Alvark jumped out to a 26-8 lead by the end of the first
quarter against the Ryukyu Golden Kings during Friday's preseason game
in Okinawa City.
The lopsided score vanished, but the Alvark, an NBL powerhouse team,
held on for a 76-75 victory over the defending bj-league champion before
an announced crowd of 3,223.
On Wednesday, Toyota defeated host Ryukyu 80-78 in the preseason opener for both teams.
Golden Kings guard Draelon Burns scored a game-high 27 points in the
rematch, draining 5 of 8 3-point shots. Teammate Anthony McHenry had a
sensational all-around game with 17 points, nine rebounds, seven
assists, five blocks and two steals. McHenry also had five blocks in the
Ryuichi Kishimoto added 11 points for Ryukyu but struggled to knock
down shots. He was 2-for-11 from beyond the arc and 3-for-14 from the
field. Naoto Kosuge had an eight-point effort in the loss.
Toyota held the Kings to 12-for-31 shooting from 2-point range.
Swingman Naoki Uto paced the Alvark with 23 points and Keijuro Matsui
and Xavier Gibson had 14 points apiece. Gibson, who played for the
bj-league's Shinshu Brave Warriors, last season added 12 boards and
Toyota coach Don Beck's squad out-rebounded the hosts 50-42.
Ryukyu trailed 41-28 at halftime, then chipped away at the lead over
the final two quarters. The Kings had 35 fourth-quarter points and held
the Alvark to 25.
Takamatsu update: Floor leader Dexter Lyons, a
gifted scorer and playmaker, has announced he won't play for the Five
Arrows this season. He recently informed the team of his plans to sit
out the season in order to tend to family matters.
Lyons attended the University of Central Florida. He played the past
two seasons for Takamatsu and competed for the now-defunct Miyazaki
Shining Suns in 2011-12.
| Gunma hires longtime NBA assistant Parker as new coach- Aug.2, 2014 (by Emeka)|
Charlie Parker, who spent more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach, this week was named the Gunma Crane Thunders new bench boss.Entering their third season, Gunma handed its coaching reins to a well-traveled, experienced mentor to build a winning foundation.Parker received a one-year contract to coach the Eastern Conference team.The Crane Thunders went 13-39 last season, They had a 15-37 record in 2012-13, their inaugural campaign.I am looking forward sincerely to be a coach in the bj... [read more]
Charlie Parker, who spent more than a decade as an NBA assistant coach, this week was named the Gunma Crane Thunders new bench boss.
Entering their third season, Gunma handed its coaching reins to a well-traveled, experienced mentor to build a winning foundation.
Parker received a one-year contract to coach the Eastern Conference team.
The Crane Thunders went 13-39 last season, They had a 15-37 record in 2012-13, their inaugural campaign.
I am looking forward sincerely to be a coach in the bj-league, Parker said in comments posted on the Gunma website.
He added that the goal is for the team to play an exciting NBA style of basketball, including aggressive defense.
Parker, 65, served as an assistant coach for the NBA Development Leagues Texas Legends during the 2013-14 season. (Parker worked alongside former Saitama Broncos head coach Dean Murray, a Legends assistant coach.)
From 2011-13, he coached Al Muharraq to one Bahrain League title and one championship runnerup finish.
He also led the Chinese Basketball Associations Foshan club from 2010-11.
He served as a Dallas Mavericks assistant from 1996-2006, and worked for the New Orleans Hornets in that same role from 2007-10, during which he also guided the clubs Summer League team in Las Vegas
In the collegiate ranks, he was a head coach at the University of Southern California in 1995-96. He was named the interim head coach as Trojans mentor George Ravelings successor the previous season. Parker was on Ravelings USC staff for six seasons before the promotion.
Before his move to USC, Parker was head coach at Wayne State, an NCAA Division II school in Michigan, from 1982-88. He compiled a 120-56 record in that time. He collected two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades while at Wayne State.
Parker started coaching in 1972 at the University of Findlay (Ohio) as an assistant and spent four seasons at the school before a six-year stint as an assistant at Bowling Green.
News from Akita: Power forward Ruben Boykin, who had a terrific 2013-14 season for the championship runnerup Happinets, will play for Ludwigsburg, the top-flight Basketball Bundesliga (Germany) club, this coming season.
The 29-year-old Boykin averaged 13.9 points and a league-high 13.5 rebounds for the Happinets. He had 183 assists against 93 turnovers with 52 steals.
In his one season in Japan, Boykin quickly emerged as one of the bj-leagues premier all-around forwards.
Akita recently announced it has re-signed high-scoring forward Richard Roby.
Firebonds update: Expansion club Fukushima has signed its first two foreign players, big man James Hughes, who split last season between Sendai and Gunma, and forward Nick Thompson.
Hughes played 21 games for Gunma (7.0 points, 5.9 rebounds) and 24 games for Sendai (8.8 points, 6.8 rebounds) last season.
The 211-cm Northern Illinois product said, I would like to thank Fukushima and Coach Theo (Hiroki Fujita) for giving me the opportunity to return to Japan. We look forward to show the fans hard work and excitement for their support.
As a rookie pro last season, the 206-cm Thompson averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28 games for Finke Baskets in the German ProA League.
My wife and I are very excited about this opportunity, and cant wait to move to Japan and get started, Thompson said in a statement posted on the Fukushima website. Im grateful to be part of the Fukushima Sports Entertainment family, and am looking forward to getting there and working hard to help the organization have a great first season.
Thompson completed his college career at Utah Valley State after stints at Oklahoma and College of Eastern Utah.
Returning to Kyoto: As expected, forward David Palmer will be back with the Hannaryz for a third season.
Kyoto made the official announcement on Wednesday.
Palmer, 32, averaged 13.9 points per game for the Hannaryz last season. The sharpshooter made 41.8 percent of his 3-point shots, 46.2 percent from inside the arc and 87.2 percent at the free-throw line.
Frontcourt addition: Forward Olu Ashaolu has joined Hamamatsu for the upcoming campaign.
The 200-cm University of Oregon product was born in Nigeria. He lists Toronto as his hometown.
Ashaolu, who wrapped up his college career in 2012, played for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He has previously competed for pro teams in Spain and France. He is a former member of the Canada junior national team.
Im very excited for my arrival and to be a part of the club, Ashaolu said in a statement issued by the team. I am looking forward to having a great year with all the teammates, coaches, sponsors and fans.
Before attending Oregon, Ashaolu went to Louisiana Tech.
Susanoo Magic addition: Shimane filled a spot on its roster by signing 211-cm post player Brandon Hassell.
After playing in Europe last season for the first time, Im excited to play my first season in Japan, Hassell, a Penn State alum, said in a statement.
Id like to thank the Shimane Susanoo Magic organization for giving me this opportunity.
I am going to come in, work hard, and do the best I can to make an impact on the court and help this team.
Hassell began his pro career in 2008. He played for Swedish club Eco Orebro last season, averaging 13.9 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds in 36 games, according to eurobasket.com.
Bambitious pickup: Nara has added veteran forward Michael St. John for next season.
The 203-cm La Salle University product played for Norwegian League team Tromso Storm last season, providing 18 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 23 games, eurobasket.com reported.
Johnson, 30, has also played in Poland, Denmark and Romania.
Staying in Gunma: Guard Kenya Tomori has finalized a deal to return to the Crane Thunders for a third season.
He began his pro career in 2007 with Ryukyu.
| Isa to lead champion Ryukyu again next season- Jun.26, 2014 (by Emeka)|
As expected, the defending champions Ryukyu Golden Kings have decided to renew coach Tsutomu Isas contract for the 2014-15 season; the Japan Times can authoritatively reveal.The Okinawan native has been with the franchise since its inception in 2007, working as an assistant coach for six seasons before being promoted to bench boss prior to last season. The Golden Kings had a league-record 43-9 record in the regular season and captured their third championship, tying the Osaka Evessas leag... [read more]
As expected, the defending champions Ryukyu Golden Kings have decided to renew coach Tsutomu Isas contract for the 2014-15 season; the Japan Times can authoritatively reveal.
The Okinawan native has been with the franchise since its inception in 2007, working as an assistant coach for six seasons before being promoted to bench boss prior to last season. The Golden Kings had a league-record 43-9 record in the regular season and captured their third championship, tying the Osaka Evessas league record for the most team titles.
Under Isas direction, Ryukyus dominating defense and efficient offense overwhelmed opponents. Now, more of the same is expected in the leagues 10th anniversary season.
The 44-year-old Isas contract renewal was made official on Monday. American assistant Keith Richardson, who joined the club in 2008, will also be back on the Kings bench next season.
On the same day, the team announced guards Draelon Burns, Narito Namizato and Ryuichi Kishimoto and forward Anthony McHenry have reached contractual agreements with the club for the coming season.
Looking ahead to the upcoming campaign, Isa said hes reinvigorated by the work that awaits him and his team. There are new challenges, he said in a statement released by the team, and the goal for the 2014-15 has not been achieved (yet). In order to accomplish it, I will devote myself to building the team from scratch.
The Kyoto Hannaryz, meanwhile, finalized a two-year deal with coach Honoo Hamaguchi, who has guided the Kansai club to the Final Four in each of his three seasons at the helm. The Hannaryz are still vying for their first championship.
Hamaguchi, the only coach in league history to be in charge of a team on Day One of each season, received a two-year contract.
I am please to take command in Kyoto next season, said Hamaguchi. Ill try to do my best
Rebuilding mode: Coming off their worst season in franchise history (11-41), the Shimane Susanoo Magic are busy adding new players to the roster.
Just days after signing veteran guard Joe Chapman, the Bambitious Naras leading scorer (16.2 points per game) last season, the Magic have wrapped up the paperwork to bring in forward Edward Morris, it was announced on Monday.
The 203-cm Morris, a Pittsburg State (Kansas) product, has played three seasons in the bj-league. The 30-year-old averaged 15.7 points and 8.5 rebounds and threw down 57 dunks in 48 games for the Tokyo Cinq Reves in 2013-14. He spent the two previous seasons with the Shinshu Brave Warriors.
Shimane coach Reggie Hanson believes both veterans are solid additions to the roster.
Both of those guys bring a lot of versatility to the positions they play on both ends of the floor, Hanson told The Japan Times. They are hard-working, team-first guys that are willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the team to win games.
In related news, guard Shohei Nakama, who had been with the franchise since its establishment in 2010, will play for his hometown Hiroshima Dragonflies, the expansion NBL squad, next season. The 186-cm Nakama appeared in only 14 games this past season.
Staying put: Coach James Duncan, who orchestrated the Rizing Fukuokas impressive turnaround in the final months of the 2013-14 campaign, will return to the bench, the team recently confirmed in a news release.
The Rizing were 11-17 before the Canadian mentor took over as sideline supervisor. From February to April, Fukuoka went 15-9 and earned a playoff spot that seemed highly unlikely based on its abysmal start.
Duncan admitted there were adjustments that had to be made for the team to become successful down the stretch last season.
(Now), I am looking forward to building a winning team, he said in a statement, referring to next season.
Indeed, the seeds were planted for future success based on the teams rapid improvement in February, March and April under Duncans watchful eye.
A players perspective: Asked his thoughts on new Shiga Lakestars assistant coach Asami Morita, the promoted female team manager, Lakestars forward Dionisio Gomez dished out this insight to The Japan Times: I truly believe she has all the tools (for the job). She is a hard worker. The most important thing is that she has her goals set. I believe she wants to be a head coach some day. This is a great step towards that goal.
She has good knowledge of the game. Now she is in a position where she can continue to grow.
On the move: Veteran guard Masahiro Kano, who played for the Rizing Fukuoka from 2007-14, has finalized a deal with Shiga for the upcoming season. Kano, who turns 30 on July 27, averaged 4.1 points in 49 games for the Rizing last season. He scored a career-high 5.5 ppg in 2012-13.
| 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 |
| Kyoto set to join NBL for 2014-15 season Jul.22, 2013 |
| Yokohama to name Katsuhisa coach Jul.22, 2013 |
| Nara selects Toyama as first coach Jun.23, 2013 |
| Kyoto acquires forward Komoda Jun.23, 2013 |
| Nara takes Yamashiro with first pick in expansion draft Jun.23, 2013 |
| Toshiba shows determination in Game 3 win over Aisin As Brave Thunders take 2-1 series lead Apr.22, 2013 |
| Sea Horses win Game 5 to reclaim JBL crown Apr.22, 2013 |
| Shimane reaches 30 victories for first time in franchise history Mar.28, 2013 |
| Big contributions from post players, as bench propel B-Corsairs past Brave Warriors Feb.19, 2013 |
| Five 3-pointers seal victory for Niigata Jan.16, 2013 |
| Jets Defeat Broncos Jan.16, 2013 |
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