So who's the actual leader in all of this?
Who has the best interests of the sport as their primary focus?
Who will inspire others for the need to compromise to make a workable plan?
All of the available evidence and anecdotal perspectives that are out there point to zero progress being made to meet FIBA's demands and sort out this hierarchical nonsense.
Years of wasted time and pointless meetings.
Or as a longtime NBA coach, who has also worked in international basketball for decades in a number of leagues, told me in an email this morning:
"It really is a mess. Basketball should be the focus, not the politics."
That's what must change first. What's more, within the JBA, systemic dysfunction at the top and clinging to old ways that don't work - especially with rapid growth within men's basketball (more than 20 new teams in less than a decade, for instance) - are key reasons why Japan is not making steady strides in international men's basketball competition.