Ed Odeven, The Japan Times

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Past articles by Ed:

Retired ice dancer Chris Reed dies of heart attack at age 30

Former ice dancer Chris Reed, who represented Japan for more than a decade, died on Saturday of a heart attack in Detroit, according to a published report. → Read More

Texas Legends assistant coach Takuma Ito gaining valuable experience in G League

Texas Legends assistant coach Takuma Ito has grown more comfortable in his role as part of the team's supporting cast this season, his second with the NBA → Read More

Teams regroup after long layoff for season's stretch run

The revamped playoff format, which was revealed on Tuesday, created a different reality for teams in the hunt for the 2019-20 title: a smaller margin of er → Read More

Teams regroup after long layoff for season's stretch run

The revamped playoff format, which was revealed on Tuesday, created a different reality for teams in the hunt for the 2019-20 title: a smaller margin of er → Read More

Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura making strides on defense

Rui Hachimura has demonstrated throughout his rookie season that he's a capable scorer, using his athleticism to get plenty of close-to-the-basket shots an → Read More

Rui Hachimura tops NBA jersey sales in Japan

Rui Hachimura's impact on Japanese basketball extends far beyond the court. The Washington Wizards rookie forward's No. 8 is the top-selling NBA jersey in → Read More

Rui Hachimura, Yuta Watanabe and Yudai Baba reunite during All-Star Weekend

Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura met up with basketball-playing compatriots Yuta Watanabe and Yudai Baba as part of NBA All-Star Weekend festivities → Read More

Kobe Bryant: His legacy in Japan

What does Kobe Bryant mean to Japan's basketball culture? Simply put, he was the most popular player here since Michael Jordan retired for good in 2003. He → Read More

New Stephen Curry documentary takes look at Japan's grassroots hoops

Do yourself a favor. Set aside 30 minutes to watch a short documentary. Actually, that's enough time to watch it twice. Do it twice. You'll come away with → Read More

Emmet Ryan explores the ins and outs of European basketball in new book

Emmet Ryan details differences in basketball throughout Europe. "I hope they get to enjoy the different shapes and sizes in the sport here," he says of his book. → Read More

Key names playing in new locales

Every top-flight team has signed new players and tweaked their rosters for the upcoming season, the B. League's fourth campaign. It'll take some time to ge → Read More

Spain's superior teamwork produced glorious results at FIBA World Cup

Maybe 13 is a lucky number after all. Thirteen years after an inspired Spain, playing without injured star Pau Gasol (left foot) in the final, routed Greec → Read More

Pistons coach Dwane Casey says guard play will be key for Japan at FIBA World Cup

Historically, the Japan men's national basketball team has had limited opportunities to compete on the global stage. For example, the team qualified for th → Read More

NBA program helps foster young Asian talent

With scorching heat enveloping Tokyo last week, the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp provided heated competition inside the air-conditioned facilities → Read More

Former NBA forward Ike Diogu joins Susanoo Magic

Nigeria national team captain Ike Diogu, a well-traveled former NBA player, will begin the next chapter of his pro career with the Shimane Susanoo Magic. T → Read More

Bill Bradley details Chiune Sugihara's heroism in award-winning radio documentary

Bill Bradley, captain of the U.S. gold medal-winning basketball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, was recently involved in another winning (and historically → Read More

Shibuya's Robert Sacre announces retirement

Robert Sacre, one of the top all-around centers in B. League history, has retired. The Sunrockers Shibuya made the announcement on Wednesday, which sparked → Read More

Summer League players help boost NBA abroad

After an NBA Board of Governors meeting earlier this week, commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media, and that gathering in New York included an assessm → Read More

Rony Seikaly the subject of a new documentary

A revealing portrait of Rony Seikaly as a basketball player and person. Insights about life in Lebanon and Greece before his NBA days, too. → Read More

Rui Hachimura's marketability already evident

Rui Hachimura's rise to national icon didn't happen overnight. But he's now a household name throughout the Japanese archipelago — and this is only t → Read More