HoopsHype Japan rumors

May 5, 2012 Updates

B-Corsairs coach Reggie Geary was selected Coach of the Year. He is the league's second ex-NBA player to be picked for the award. Fellow American John Neumann, a high-scoring forward in his days at Ole Miss before turning pro, guided the Rizing Fukuoka to the Final Four in 2007-08 as an expansion team, and became the league's first foreign coach to earn top honors. Japan Times

March 15, 2012 Updates

Former Indiana player Lynn Washington was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into Japan from the United States. The 33-year-old forward with the Osaka Evessa was arrested for allegedly violating Japan’s Cannabis Control Law, prompting the bj-league to issue a statement Wednesday saying all its players must comply with drug tests by noon Friday. “We will release everything in full,” league commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi said in a statement on the league’s official Website. “We will work hard to restore everyone’s trust.” Washington Times

February 26, 2012 Updates

Two decades later, Nakase is the first female head coach in Japan's men's pro basketball history. She was named the Saitama Broncos sideline supervisor after Dean Murray was relieved of his coaching duties on Nov. 24. Now she wants to begin taking Japanese lessons in order to become an effective communicator on and off the court. "Eight of the players speak Japanese only, and I don't speak Japanese at all," the 31-year-old admitted during a Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan meeting on Monday. Despite having a translator available during games, "I instantly want to talk to one of the players immediately, making a switch or something in the game." When she replaced Murray, Nakase, a native of Huntington Beach, California, experienced a night that many first-time parents can relate to. "There wasn't any sleep," Nakase said, describing her life-changing job opportunity. "The first person I called was my dad and I'm like, 'Dad, guess what's happening?' And he was just as shocked as I was. And I'm like, 'What do you think.' His best advice to me was, 'Natalie, just don't be afraid to fail.' " Japan Times

Saitama point guard Darin Satoshi Maki, who played for the now-defunct Apache last season, introduced Nakase to Hill while she was visiting Maki and his wife, a longtime friend, in Tokyo before the 2010-11 season began. Nakase then joined Hill's Apache staff. "As soon as I met Bob, I learned all these different tactics in terms of vocabulary to basketball," she said. "He would use different words that I had never even heard of in practice, and that's when I was like, wow; the NBA is a whole new level that I had no idea of in terms of vocabulary, drills, preparation. And when I saw how much work had to be done in order to achieve at the top level that just intrigued me 100 percent." Japan Times

December 1, 2011 Updates

Terry said Thursday he was preparing to listen to pitches from Chinese teams to play there if the NBA season was canceled, at least partly because his brother already is playing in that part of the world. "I'm very glad,'' Terry said about not being tied to an international team. "I'm not going to lie to you. There was a point when they said the season would be canceled when I started fishing around to see if it was a possibility. "And my brother actually just went to Japan two weeks ago. So that in itself - OK, got some family over there - might be something to look at.'' Dallas Morning News

October 19, 2011 Updates

Or as Abdul-Rauf, who played for the Kyoto Hannaryz the past two seasons told me, "Needless to say, I'm not a big fan of David Stern or 'big business.' I believe there are exploitation issues on both sides. But no worries, the goal of the NBA is to make money so there's too much on the table for them not to have a season, and I think many will agree with that at least." Japan Times

August 16, 2011 Updates

Former NBA center Lance Allred has agreed to contractual terms to play for the Kyoto Hannaryz this season, the bj-league team announced on Monday. The Japan Times first reported on Aug. 5 that Allred would suit up for Kyoto, under new coach Honoo Hamaguchi, this season. Japan Times

August 4, 2011 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Kevin Palmer has signed a one-year deal with the Japanese club Fukuoka Rizing, according to sources. Palmer's deal includes a NBA out. Twitter

July 22, 2011 Updates

Former NBA guard Reggie Geary, known for his feisty defense as a collegiate and pro player, has been named the first coach in Yokohama B-Corsairs history. The bj-league team made the announcement on Wednesday. The B-Corsairs, an expansion team, will play their inaugural season in 2011-12. Yokohama's regular-season opener is Oct. 8 against the two-time defending champion Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix. Japan Times

May 8, 2011 Updates

Will the former All-American scoring sensation from Louisiana State return to Kyoto? "It's hard to say," he said. "You never know what's in the organization's mind." If not Kyoto, will Abdul-Rauf, the No. 3 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, entertain offers from other bj-league teams, including, possibly, the four new expansion clubs — Shinshu Brave Warriors, Chiba Jets, Yokohama B-Corsairs and Iwate Big Bulls? "Again, you never know what people are thinking," he blurted out. "You would think based on what you bring to the table that would, but I've been in situations where I've done extremely well in a country and you don't even get called back." Japan Times

April 20, 2011 Updates

Still too young to jump straight into the N.B.A., (Jeremy) Tyler went to Japan for a second chance and to hone his raw skills in a league with many former N.B.A. and U.S. college players. After a season under the former N.B.A. coach Bob Hill, during which he also got advice from older teammates, including the former Seattle Supersonics center Robert Swift, Tyler’s nascent career, where he could play a role as a rebounder and interior defender, could be turning around. “Being in Japan is amazing, especially in Tokyo,” said the 6-foot-11, or 2.11-meter, power forward, just days before the March 11 earthquake forced his league to cancel the season. “Everybody is so positive — my coaches, my teammates. There are so many different things to explore here. I’m really enjoying my time here. Basketball is taking care of itself.” New York Times

Along with other American players and coaches, Tyler returned to the United States soon after the earthquake, and he has gone to the Dallas area to continue training with Hill, team officials said. The Tokyo Apache canceled the rest of its season, along with teams from Saitama and Sendai, while teams in other areas continue playing. Several coaches and players said Tyler’s experience in Japan, though brief, could raise his stock in the N.B.A. draft. New York Times

Hill, who mentored David Robinson while winning 62 games with the San Antonio Spurs in 1994-95, also coached in New York, Indiana, Seattle and several countries before joining the Apache this season in Japan’s basketball league, where teams often play three American players at a time. He said Tyler had simply been too young to jump from his junior year at San Diego High School to a different culture. “How can you send an 18-year-old to Israel by himself? First of all, the Israel league is good. There’s no way he was ready, especially if he didn’t have an American coach who could bring him along. I mean, they took him out of high school in his junior year. It was a disaster. He didn’t do well. He’s doing much better here than he did in Israel.” New York Times

April 5, 2011 Updates

Johan Petro: Yes, I want to help provide disaster relief and support for Japanese children. A massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake has hit Japan, triggering a deadly tsunami. Japanese media report that the death toll is rising and thousands are missing. It is the worst earthquake to hit Japan in at least a century and has sparked dozens of fires, including in more than 30 buildings in Tokyo and an oil refinery near the city. Save The Children

April 1, 2011 Updates
March 27, 2011 Updates

LaMarcus Aldridge watched the devastation and destruction unfold on TV earlier this month as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami battered Japan. He read about contaminated water and nuclear radiation and widespread human suffering. And the Trail Blazers' big man picked up his phone, called his agent and told him he wanted to do something to help. "I know they are going through a lot over there," Aldridge said. "I had to do something." As a result, Aldridge, as part of a collaborative effort among several NBA players, will donate $1,000 for every point he scores tonight against Oklahoma City to Direct Relief International's Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. Oregonian

Aldridge will join Paul Gasol (Lakers), Marc Gasol (Memphis), Al Horford (Atlanta), JaVale McGee (Washington), Derrick Rose (Chicago) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) in donating based on their performances in separate games played Friday through Sunday. Players who designated Friday as their relief game raised $77,000. Thirteen other NBA players have pledged to donate a set amount. "We're truly blessed over here," Aldridge said. "We have water and we're not dealing with that type of crisis. I'm just doing my part to try to help because I can and I think any little bit they can get is going to be big for them." Oregonian

March 26, 2011 Updates

Gasol had pledged $1,000 for every point he scored Friday to help the Japanese people affected by the earthquake and tsunami and wanted to score as much as possible. He finished with 26 points in the Lakers’ 112-104 victory against the Clippers. “I’m not particularly a fan of that,” Jackson said of a player tying his performance to donations. “Point totals shouldn’t be criteria.” Gasol, however, was pleased with the outcome, especially in light of Magic Johnson’s promise to match the amount the Lakers forward would be donating. A little math and that comes out to be $52,000 to the Japan Relief Fund. “It was great. We’re creating awareness of how many people are suffering,” Gasol said. “Obviously, the natural disaster that Japan suffered is really rough. So I think that all the support that we can create and all the more that we can contribute, the better. This was a good way for me to be involved.” Orange County Register

Magic Johnson matched Gasol's donation, resulting in $52,000 raised by the pair by the night's end. Jackson said he understood Gasol's intention, but wish he would have attached his donation to a statistic other than points scored. "I don't think that's a good idea, I'm not particularly a fan of that but I am a fan of people giving money to charity," Jackson said. "But, I don't think point total should be the criteria ... Minutes could be [the measure] or perhaps even what's the differential is between the teams that you're playing ... It's not like a home run derby, basketball has to be played with a sense of right time, right thing." ESPN.com

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