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November 16, 2014 Updates

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.” Boston Globe

While Swift attempted to work himself into a productive NBA player, he was nothing more than a backup center. Former Sonics coach Bob Hill, who was then coaching in Japan, gave Swift a lifeline, and for a while he took advantage. “Robert lost like 70 pounds over there,” Hill said. “I was training some players down in Dallas when I told him what I was going to do, and if he wanted to go I would take him [to Japan]. It was an opportunity for him to get back in shape and maybe get back in the NBA again because he was still young.” Boston Globe

October 7, 2014 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have invited point guard Yuki Togashi to their preseason training camp, according to Cloud9, his management company. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and Togashi is scheduled to travel to Dallas on Saturday. Japanese supporters expressed their excitement via Twitter. Exhibit A: “Yuki Togashi was invited (to) the last camp by the Dallas Mavericks!!” tweeted Akira Tokusatsu. “Great! I know it’s really tough but I believe he takes the chance!!” Japan Times

September 13, 2014 Updates
November 26, 2013 Updates

For example the dates for the qualification round of the 2019′s World Cup are: 20-28/11/17, 19-27/2/18, 25/6-3/7/18, 17/9-25/9/18, 26/11-4/12/18 and 18/2-26-2/19. Also, Fiba decided to organize four qualification rounds for the Olympic games of 2020 in Japan. EuroHoops.net

October 7, 2013 Updates
September 18, 2013 Updates

Bill Cartwright: I really didn't notice any big distinctions (other than the language barrier) in coaching the players in Japan from the NBA. The Japanese players all want the same things that the non-Japanese players want: playing time. They want to score and they don't want to be blamed for anything. Probably the biggest difference is Japanese players will rarely show or tell you how they feel. No one is demanding to be traded. SI.com

September 10, 2013 Updates

The Kyoto Hannaryz have bolstered their roster with the addition of guard/forward Edwin Ubiles, who has spent the majority of the past two seasons in the NBA Development League. Japan Times

September 9, 2013 Updates

It's been a long, hard road back from a torn left ACL for Derrick Rose, but after nearly 17 months of patient, "selfish" rehabilitation, the Chicago Bulls point guard is reportedly looking "great" in workouts, comfortably throwing down on lowered rims and on track to return for the Bulls' first preseason game in October. All that work has left just one more test to complete — one last obstacle that all athletes returning from injury must overcome to prove to everyone, including themselves, that they're ready to resume full-steam-ahead play. I'm talking, of course, about playing basketball against samurai. Luckily, Rose had the opportunity to do just that last week during a Tokyo stop on his Adidas promotional tour: Yahoo! Sports

April 14, 2013 Updates
March 10, 2013 Updates

With 12 games in the books since Bill Cartwright took over as the Osaka Evessa’s new head coach, his message at the gym, wherever practices and games are held, has been simple and constant. Cartwright preaches “defense, defense, defense,” Evessa big man Rick Rickert told Hoop Scoop in a recent telephone interview. The Evessa are very much a work in progress, but at 6-6 (entering this weekend) since Cartwright became the second former NBA head coach to lead a bj-league team — ex-Tokyo Apache bench boss Bob Hill was the first — there are some positive signs to build off. After all, the Evessa were in complete disarray throughout most of their first 24 games (19 defeats). Japan Times

March 7, 2013 Updates

The Japan Basketball Association said Wednesday it has decided to appoint former NBA coach Herb Brown in an advisory role to help revive the fortunes of the women’s national team. Japan’s women failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and last year’s London Games. The 76-year-old Brown is a former head coach of the Detroit Pistons (1976-78) and the brother of 72-year-old Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, the current Southern Methodist University sideline supervisor Japan Times

January 22, 2013 Updates

Former NBA player and coach Bill Cartwright has been hired as coach of the Osaka Evessa in Japan's professional basketball league. Cartwright coached the Chicago Bulls from 2001-03. Osaka announced Tuesday he would guide the team for the rest of the 2013 season. Houston Chronicle

January 19, 2013 Updates

Geary had a brief NBA career, that first season with the Cavaliers, followed by one more with the San Antonio Spurs. After playing in the CBA and Europe, the former University of Arizona defensive stopper found his niche in coaching. The 2011-12 bj-league Coach of the Year, Geary will serve as the Eastern Conference's assistant coach on Sunday at Ariake Colosseum. Tokyo Cinq Reves coach Motofumi Aoki was named the East's bench boss last month. On Sunday, the bj-league's seventh annual All-Star Game, is slated to tip off at 5:10 p.m. Japan Times

January 18, 2013 Updates
June 18, 2012 Updates

How does it feel to be part of Basketball Without Borders? Vladimir Radmanovic: Well, it’s a good feeling to be part of something like this. Every chance I get to participate in things like this, Basketball Without Borders, it’s a good thing. Helping young players develop their game and their skill set, it’s a win-win. What is it like working with Dikembe Mutombo? He has been all over the place and is very well-recognized as an NBA ambassador. I’ve been with him on a couple trips and it’s always a good experience. NBA.com

June 15, 2012 Updates

Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo is doing his bit to help basketball continue to grow internationally. Appointed as the NBA's global ambassador in 2009, Mutombo is in Japan to conduct basketball clinics with the Basketball Without Borders program. The four-day camp in Japan is attended by the top 50 young basketball players from 18 Asian countries. Samuel Dalembert of the Houston Rockets, Vladimir Radmanovic of the Atlanta Hawks, Corey Brewer of the Denver Nuggets and former NBA player Yuta Tabuse of Japan also are taking part in the clinics. "We bring our knowledge of the game and pass it on to young people," Mutombo said. "I am proud to say that there are now about 200 or 250 young men who took part in Basketball Without Borders who are now playing in American high schools and colleges." ESPN.com

May 31, 2012 Updates

The NBA's Basketball without Borders camps will go to Tokyo and Moscow for the first time. South Africa also will host a camp for the 10th time, the league and FIBA announced Wednesday. ESPN.com

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