Andre Iguodala has taken his NBA championship hardware to Japan. The Golden State Warriors swingman is on a two-day tour of Tokyo, bringing along the Larry O’Brien trophy and the Bill Russell trophy, which he won as the NBA Finals MVP.
The suspension placed by FIBA on the Japan Basketball Association (JBA) in late 2014 has been lifted with immediate effect, it was announced on Sunday. The FIBA Central Board took note of the report submitted by the Chairman of the Japan 2024 Task Force – and new President of the JBA – Mr Saburo Kawabuchi, and thanked him for all of his hard work.
Reggie Geary is done as head coach of the Chiba Jets, the NBL Eastern Conference club announced Wednesday. He wasn’t out of work for long. Geary is headed to Nagoya, where he will become the new bench boss for the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. Geary’s contract with the Jets expired at the end of May. The 41-year-old Geary was head coach of the Jets for the last two seasons, leading the team to a 52-56 record. In the 2014-15 campaign, he guided Chiba to the postseason as a wild-card team with a 34-20 record (fifth place in the East).
On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s 214 national federations, was suspended from all FIBA and FIBA Asia-related activities. The length of the ban has not been announced. As a result, all Japan national teams are barred from playing in FIBA-sanctioned competitions, including the women’s national team, which captured its first FIBA Asia title in 43 years in 2013. This could have a profound negative impact on Olympic qualifying and preparation for it.
Hill said the Knicks and Celtics wanted to bring Swift in for a workout when he returned to the States and then the league lockout occurred, wiping out the NBA summer leagues and postponing league activity for six months. “I guarantee he would have made one of those teams,” Hill said. “He was blocking shots and running the floor and rebounding, getting to the foul line. He was having fun playing basketball again. It was fun to watch. That’s a sad story. The whole story is really sad.”