HoopsHype Japan rumors


March 11, 2011 Updates

Kobe Bryant’s parents are safe after being evacuated from their Tokyo hotel after an 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on Firday, according to the Lakers star. KCAL/9 broadcaster John Ireland, reached on the road, said Friday morning that he talked to Bryant who said his sister had been able to reach their parents. Bryant is on the road with the Lakers, who were headed to Dallas, where they play the Mavericks on Saturday. The Lakers lost to Miami on Thursday. “Apparently everyone is safe,” Ireland said. Orange County Register

Jeremy Tyler, still a few months shy of his 20th birthday, is no stranger to NBA talent evaluators. Though he's playing halfway around the world, the Tokyo Apache's highly touted 210-cm prospect is being closely watched. "I've had about five teams contact me for video, but I know his agent has been speaking with, and providing video for many more," Apache general manager Conor Neu told The Japan Times a few hours after the team's double-overtime loss on Wednesday against the Akita Northern Happinets. Japan Times

Apache coach Bob Hill said talent alone isn't the only factor in the way players are drafted nowadays. "We've started drafting players on potential," he said. "No 19-year-old is going to go into the NBA and help you win. It's not going to happen. As great as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were (coming out of high school) . . . you can help a team win but you are not going to go in and impact a team. "So now we are drafting these young ones and the D-League (NBA Development League) is a big part of it." "His progress has been solid. He's gotten a lot better lately and we'll get back to the States and get him ready for the draft." Japan Times

January 31, 2011 Updates

Courtesy of The Japan Times’ Ed Odeven: OSAKA — Kyoto Hannaryz guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf participated in the 3-Point Shootout during Sunday’s All-Star festivities, providing a thrill for the enthusiastic crowd at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. The former NBA standout gave fans of all ages a delightful memory to talk about in years to come. They can say they saw Abdul-Rauf while he played in Japan. Even though the 41-year-old, averaging 13.9 points per game, probably should have been given a special spot on the Western Conference All-Star squad to drum up greater interest among fans and the media — heck, he was already there to begin with — he holds no grudges. SLAM

January 15, 2011 Updates
December 22, 2010 Updates
November 19, 2010 Updates

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

August 17, 2010 Updates
July 30, 2010 Updates

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

July 29, 2010 Updates

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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