Final Four - first day report #bjleague #日本バスケ http://bit.ly/1kdAh2o (Golden Kings move one step closer to crown | The Japan Times)
Kyoto's roster flaws showed from start to finish against Ryukyu. #bjleague
May's scheduling for the #bjleague playoffs is problematic & flawed. Two bye weeks for top two seeds throws away their rhythm for Final 4.
Ryukyu's Kibwe Trim (10 points, 6 rebounds) helps team rout Kyoto in West final, reach Basketball Japan League title game.
Anthony McHenry's 17-pt., 7-reb., 6-assist, 3-steal, 2-block game Saturday helps Ryukyu advance to title game in Japan.
Jeff Newton, Basketball Japan League legend, has chance to win 6th title tomorrow, 3rd with Ryukyu Golden Kings.
Cont'd ... Saturday's West final was a reminder of that - Kusaka finished with 0 points and 0 assists.
As noted in a January column, Kyoto guard Hikaru Kusaka, good guy/teammate, didn't have stats to to be All-Star starter. ... #bjleague
If the Toyama Grouses don't make wholesale changes to their roster, the team is built to contend for a title next season, too. #bjleague
Is there a better physical tandem in frontcourt in Japan hoops - NBL, bj-league & NBDL - than Akita's Chas McFarland & Ruben Boykin?
PG Yuki Togashi was terrific in East final for Akita -- 28 points, 10-16 FGs and seven assists on the big stage on Saturday.
Richard Roby had a superb game for Akita in East final in Japan on Saturday - 27 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists, 3 blocks
One of the most interesting stories in Japan sports in past decade: Jeff Newton is playing in his 8th Final Four in nine seasons. #bjleague
If the #bjleague actually required teams to draft players - a no-brainer - how many Okinawan-born players would not be with Ryukyu?
Draelon Burns scored 27 points, burying 5 3-pointers in the Western Conference final. Ryukyu advances to title game.
Actually, Ryukyu defense was superb - like a clinic for an instructional DVD - and that flummoxed Kyoto.
Is there a Honoo Hamguchi "jinx" in the bj-league Final Four?
To elevate #bjleague TV telecasts to a legitimate level, commissioner Kawachi shouldn't be serving as a lead analyst. Real critiques matter
Final - Ryukyu 74, Kyoto 56 #bjleague
Ryukyu concocted and has executed a near-perfect game on defense. #bjleague
Kyoto trails 57-43 after 3 quarters. #bjleague #京都 #沖縄
After a cold spell, Ryukyu regains fire and pushes lead back to ten late in the third quarter. #bjleague #沖縄
Stubborn old men are the biggest problem that Japan basketball must overcome to elevate the game. #日本バスケ
Halftime score - Ryukyu 38, Kyoto 27 #bjleague #日本バスケ
Fueled by a 14-0 run and leading 36-23 with 3 minutes left in first half, Ryukyu has seized control against Kyoto. #bjleague
Kyoto's turnover woes are a crisis right now. #bjleague #京都
Ryukyu guard Narito Namizato's energy is off the charts in the first half. #bjleague #沖縄
The alternating quarter import quota rule is a distraction, not a benefit. #bjleague #日本バスケ
Can Ryukyu star Draelon Burns win titles in consecutive seasons with 2 different #bjleague teams? #DePaul #Japabasketball #日本バスケ
Can Kyoto's David Palmer win a title with 3 bj-league franchises? #bjleague #京都 #SouthernUtah
Flashback - the definitive interview with #bjleague legend. http://bit.ly/1gYZ8Yk (Newton confident Ryukyu will contend for another title |
Basketball fans shouldn't be forced to choose between watching NBL Game 3 and bj-league Final Four on same day. Absurdly bad management.
Real coaching triggers better drama and a better playoff format.
Toyama's defense couldn't solve riddle of Akita's offense this afternoon. If Game 2 was held, coaching adjustments - real coaching - happen
Changing name of a league - JBL to NBL to __ is mostly window dressing.
[Re: Mind-numbing NBL/bj-league impasse] FIBA has issued an ultimatum to both leagues and the JBA - pushing for a merger. Potential suspension of JBA is possible.
Toyama HC Bob Nash's team has its 13-game win streak ended by Akita today. #bjleague
Akita coach Kazuo Nakamura has now guided four teams to Final Four. At age 73, he is as competitive and sly as ever. #bjleague #秋田
Akita 109, Toyama 94 #bjleague
[Final Four] Terrible playoff schedule - two bye weeks for top two seeds in each conference in May. Too much time off. Lose rhythm
Akita's diverse offensive weapons are blending perfectly in this game. #bjleague
Several blown calls by refs today, especially ones against Toyama. Grouses HC Bob Nash is right to lash out at refs. #bjleague
Toyama has trailed the entire game, having, I believe, its worst performance of season in its 55th game. #bjleague
Akita's sticky defense and on-fire offense overwhelmed Toyama in 3rd quarter. Akita leads 73-53 entering 4th. #bjleague
JBA board member Mizutani-san was spotted in the Ariake crowd moments ago. #bjleague #日本バスケ
The 38-page bj-league Final Four program has zero player and coach quotes or feature stories. #bjleague #日本バスケ
The And1 ad in the bj-league Final Four program features Lance Stephenson. #bjleague #NBA
Female referee Asami Kunisawa is working in the Final Four. #bjleague #日本バスケ
Reporting from Ariake today despite zero media access. My eighth bj-league Final Four here. #bjleague #日本バスケ
When a league bans media that provides comprehensive, quality, sustained coverage, it is the same as shooting itself in the foot. #bjleague
This is Masashi Joho's fifth Final 4 appearance. A special player for four bj-league franchises. #bjleague #富山 #日本バスケ