Two-time Euroleague winning coach close to Wakayama deal

The Japan Times has reported that Zeljko Pavlicevic is in discussions with Wakayama Trians ownership to return to lead the team for the 2014-15 season.

Pavlicevic, who led KK Split to two of their three straight Euroleague titles at the start of the 1990s. Pavlicevic, 63. has spent a large chunk of the latter part of his career in Japan, coaching the national team through the 2006 FIBA World Championships and led Wakayama to a second-placed finish in the NBL last year, having spent three seasons prior to that with the bj-league’s Shimane Susanoo Magic, before parting ways at the end of the season. The cash-strapped club, still without a coach, now looks set to be re-signed to Wakayama.


Japanese newspaper blocked from bj-league games

Ed Odeven of The Japan Times interviewing Michael Parker a four-time bj-league scoring champion.

Last season the bj-league, one of two rival professional leagues in Japan, removed The Japan Times’ accreditation. The ban looks set to be extended to the 2014/15 season. Emmet Ryan spoke with Ed Odeven of The Japan Times, author of the article that led to the bj-league’s decision, about the sanctions and The Japan Times’ response.

A story by journalist Ed Odeven in The Japan Times on a proposed defection by Kyoto Hannaryz from the bj-league to the rival NBL led to the bj-league withdrawing accreditation from the Times. The league demanded an apology specific concessions from the paper to re-claim its accreditation, concessions the paper was unwilling to make.

The bj-league is one of two top-tier leagues in Japan along with the NBL. The bj-league began as a 6 team competition and is expanding to 22 team league for the coming season. The Japan Times, an English language daily and website, has been barred from covering the league directly since Odeven’s article.

There now follows a question and answer session between this site and Odeven on the current state of proceedings and his position on the Kyoto story. Odeven’s answered our questions by email and have been edited for length.
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Super Timberwolves: Peks, AK-47, Shved, Rubio as manga-style heroes [Update, translation]

Big shout out this morning to heinnews, who’s provided BallinEurope with a translation of the Minnesota Timberwolves manga-type comic strip that recently appeared in the Japan-based Dunk Shot sports paper. Read along, panel by panel, below the break — hilarious stuff, really … and who knew Nikola Pekovic had such problems with the ladies?

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Podcast: On Tracy McGrady, other names in China; bizarre Japanese ball; awesome Hong Kong film

Episode number (sexy and) 17 of the Taking the Charge podcast series is now online. Admittedly, BallinEurope and heinnews deviate a bit from the Continental hoops with this show’s emphasis on Asia. However, our return interview with Jon Pastuszek of China-based NiuBball is certain to be of interest to any fan worth his/her salt. Get the lowdown on the progress of a number of notables playing in or coming from the big country, including:

Tracy McGrady, he who wanted to increase the potency of his brand with the Qingdao Eagles;

• Now three-year CBA veteran Stephon Marbury;

Gilbert “Agent Zero” Arenas (and yeah, BiE’s still using that moniker under the believe that, when one prolifigates one’s own nickname, one is stuck with it forever);

Quincy Douby, formerly of Rutgers, the Sacramento Kings and UCAM Murcia, who recently set the CBA record with 75 points in a single game;

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Albert Schweitzer youth tourney this weekend

The 25th annual Albert Schweitzer youth tournament tips off this weekend in Mannheim, Germany, with 16 teams from all six continents participating: The countries of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Turkey, and of course 10-time champion Team USA join two squads from Germany to comprise the field.

The US military publication this week ran an extensive article on the 2010 boys’ All-Europe basketball team, which is made up mostly of high schoolers living in Europe and chosen by the DODDS; many of these players will see action for Team USA at the Schweitzer tournament. Jamal Tuck and Dillon Wadsack are the headliners for the red, white and blue, with back-to-back All-Europe Team nods for each.

Disappointingly, Team Turkey will not be bringing Enes Kanter, who amazed observers at last year’s FIBA U18 championships by generally just being a man among boys and dominating the tournament. (Perhaps he’ll be on the squad for Turkey in the 2010 FIBA Worlds…?) And the Team Spain roster will be without Miki Servera and Malick Fall in the tournament.

On the positive side, Greece is naturally bringing a truckload of talent, with players like Marios Dermitzakis, Vasileos Kavvadas, Ioannis Molfetas and Spiros Motsenigos among others looking to makes names from themselves on the international stage. Team Germany’s U18 team should makes some waves, too, with Philipp Neumann, Patrick Heckmann and Kevin Bright out there.

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