Speaking at a news conference held on an upper floor of the gigantic Shibuya Hikarie shopping complex, the 27-year-old displayed his energetic character to reporters and TV crews, showing no signs of fatigue or jet lag from his trip to Japan. “Just give me the ball,” Sacre said with a smile, when asked what he could bring to the table for his new team. “Everything else will work itself out.”
The San-en NeoPhoenix, formerly known as the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, have hammered out a deal to sign former NBA first-round draft pick Josh Childress to a contract, basketball insiders told The Japan Times. An announcement is imminent. The 33-year-old Childress was the No. 6 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He skipped his senior season at Stanford University to enter the draft. As a junior, Childress was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Former NBA and Tokyo Apache head coach Bob Hill recognizes the value of former NBA players and coaches working in the B. League. “If you take a look at many of the better leagues around the world, NBA players and coaches were always a part of their inaugural years,” Hill told Hoop Scoop on Friday. “As the country’s players and coaches grow, then you see the country’s coaches take over the head coaching jobs and in some cases the number of imports are cut back. That’s how Europe has gotten so much better from top to bottom.”
Herb Brown, a longtime NBA coach and international hoop mentor, says there are benefits and drawbacks to having NBA players on overseas teams. “Tough decision,” Brown told Hoop Scoop. “Would depend on the player. If they just wanted another payday before retiring I don’t think it is a good idea. Young players who are on the cusp and are also good teammates and character guys Then I think they can raise the level. No more than two foreigners per team because if you have more they retard the growth of national players.
Eleven National Federations are participating in a workshop on the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and its bidding process. The national basketball governing bodies of Argentina, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Turkey are attending an informative workshop at the House of Basketball. Over the course of two days (Tuesday-Wednesday 1-2 November), FIBA is presenting the rights and requirements tied into bidding – and eventually hosting – the competition.