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Tyler had 10 points and eight rebounds in the series finale in 21 minutes a day after notching his second double-double of the season (14 points, 11 rebounds in 19 minutes). "Me and him and assistant coach Casey (Hill) have set short-term goals," Tyler admitted, "so maybe this week I'll focus on keeping the ball up, or sprinting every single play no matter what. Coach is doing a really good job since the day I met him. And he's going to continue to do it because he believes in me and I trust him." Japan Times
"He shows me and teaches me and I learn from him every single day," Tyler said without hesitation. "The reason I'm here is because it's a great program and Coach Bob is here. I couldn't get a better coach. I couldn't get a better man, mentor, father figure in my life than coach, really." Japan Times
With four new clubs joining the bj-league next season, more roster spots will open up for imports, too, including those who have spent quality time in the NBA Development League, which a growing number of current bj-league stars have played in. "If Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Kenny Satterfield and Robert Swift continue to play well, of course there will eventually be more former NBA players coming here," a league insider told The Japan Times last week. "It's just that now they will first try the NBADL, Europe, other leagues, and then when their value drops to a certain point, they will join the bj-league. But to get guys recently released or available in the case of a lockout is a long shot. Very, very long shot." Japan Times
Can you hear me now?:Jason relays his experiences in Asia with his blog on HoopsHype.com. With millions of followers throughout the world, his Asian Diaries gives an inside look into the world of basketball through his eyes. He cleverly laments stories about what the sport is like in Communist-based China and in Japan- game days are very different than what Americans are used to as it’s not uncommon to have tea served at games, smoking is tolerated and you probably won’t hear Zombie Nation. But his messaging doesn’t end there. He understands that his typical locker-room pep talk and motivational anecdotes won’t be helpful in his situation. Coach shares that “sometimes I use their culture as inspiration, like incorporating Sun Tzu’s The Art of War to help motivate my players”; who would imagine using a classic piece of written work to get your team psyched to play? Examiner
The Tokyo Apache's aggressive offseason overhaul plan continues in overdrive. The team signed teenage power forward Jeremy Tyler on Thursday, adding a player who took the courageous — and historic — decision to skip his senior season at San Diego High School to play for the Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli League. Japan Times
Former high school star Jeremy Tyler has signed with the Tokyo Apache of Japan's professional basketball league. The team announced the signing Thursday on its official website. The 19-year-old Tyler will play for former NBA coach Bob Hill, who was hired by the team last month. "We are extremely excited for Jeremy to join our team in Tokyo," the team said in a statement. "His athleticism and size will be a major presence in our frontcourt this season." ESPN.com
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