By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (April 24, 2016) — Here’s the third and final installment of a column series on the 2010-11 Tokyo Apache team. Five years later, former NBA and Apache center Robert Swift, who battled heroin addiction, is working to get back into the game as a pro player.
After serving time in prison on gun charges, Swift says basketball and his Christian faith have helped him turn his life around.
As Kobe Bryant embarks on the final stretch of his legendary NBA career, here’s a column I wrote in March 2007, providing perspective from Kobe, during a brilliant stretch of his career, and from his father, Joe, then the Tokyo Apache coach.
Here’s this week’s bj-league notebook, a staple of Japan Times hoop coverage since the fall of 2006.
And the notebook archive: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/column/bj-league-notebook/
A Japan Times exclusive investigative report from September 2014.