Here’s the latest column in an ongoing series spanning the globe that I’m writing about basketball standouts:
This column series on the Tokyo Apache appeared in The Japan Times in 2016, five years after the bj-league team played its final game. Former NBA coach Bob Hill guided the team during its last season, which was cut short by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Ownership pulled the plug on the team. (Former NBA big man Robert Swift starred for the club, and future NBA player Jeremy Tyler did, too.)
I attended the Apache’s final game on March 10, 2011, against the Akita Northern Happinets, and many vivid memories of the team’s last season remain etched in my mind.
This feature on center Horacio Llamas, the first Mexican player in the NBA, appeared in the Phoenix Suns’ Fastbreak Magazine in the October/November 1997 issue.
Here is the latest B. League Notebook in The Japan Times:
This column on then-Columbia University shooting guard Keijuro “K.J.” Matsui appeared in The Japan Times in March 2008:
November 2017 update: Matsui now plays for the SeaHorses Mikawa in Japan’s B. League, who at press time are 16-1 with a 16-game win streak through Nov. 20.
Here is this week’s B. League notebook, a staple of pro basketball coverage in The Japan Times: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2017/11/23/basketball/b-league/tochigis-yusuke-endo-leads-trio-free-throw-sharpshooters/#.WhfiITRx2mU
Here’s my latest column for The Japan Times: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2017/11/21/basketball/b-league/thabeets-massive-size-proving-problematic-referees/#.WhYe9HkUmUk