One area of basketball where Japanese players need greater exposure and training in is this: big man's skills. And there's an ideal candidate here to help show those skills.
His story, too, could be a tale of inspiration for any aspiring player. Allred has paid his dues -- playing in Europe, spending time in the NBA Development League -- before getting his chance to play in the NBA. He fulfilled his dream. And he was the first legally deaf player in NBA history; his was the road less traveled. Terrific story, even if he mostly sat on the bench. (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/lance_allred/career_stats.html)
The public ought to know Allred's story via this nation's Japanese mass media, as well as through the bj-league's publicity department, which does a very poor job highlighting the career accomplishments and relevance of the talented imports who come here to help the league grow as well as collect a paycheck.
There are thousands of AKB48 snippets in the press every month. Well, an ex-NBA player is here, collecting a paycheck -- make that two, actually....Saitama PG Kenny Satterfield is leading the bj-league in assists.
This is also worth considering: Give these guys a live exhibition against any two bj-league players or JBL guys or national teams. Get a big sponsor and show a 2-on-2 game in prime time live. Good for the sport. Good for basketball media. Good for an original, fun concept to drum up interest in a sport that needs it.