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Watch Japanese B League Live Streams and see the excitement of one of the hottest basketball leagues in Asia. Founded in 2015, the B.League was a result of a merger between the country’s two former basketball leagues: National Basketball League (handled by the FIBA-affiliated organization, Japan Basketball Association) and BJ League.
Basketball leagues in Japan were organized by the Japan Basketball Association since 1967 under different names. Most of the teams were from large corporations with their players under their employment instead of having professional players. It was in 2005 that the BJ League was established to compete with the Japan Super League and followed the American franchise system of professional teams.
With the two leagues growing, disorganization issues arose so the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), a governing body for basketball worldwide, set deadlines for the JBA to reorganize the domestic leagues. Failing to comply, Japan was suspended from joining international competitions in November 2014. It was in June 2015 that the merger was announced, and the suspension was lifted. The inaugural season started on September 22, 2016, with the first match between four-time JBL/NBL champions Alvark Tokyo and four-time BJ League champions Ryukyu Golden Kings.
B.LEAGUE TOP TEAMS TO WATCH LIVE
- Alvark Tokyo: One of Tokyo’s Division 1 team who has four championship banners to boast and backed by automobile powerhouse, Toyota. Alvark comes from the Arabic word meaning “blitz”. They are expected to be speedy and aggressive in their playing style so you can be sure you’ll be watching a fast-paced tempo in their games.
- Utsunomiya Brex: The Tochigi Prefecture-based squad who are two-time champions pays homage to the NBA’s Pacers from Indiana, the USA which is a sister state of Tochigi. Their moniker is a wordplay from the pronunciation of “Break Through”. The team is strongly loved by fans and they are motivated to play with a “never give up” philosophy.
- Kawasaki Brave Thunders: From the Kanagawa Prefecture, the four-time champions are owned by e-commerce and social gaming company, DeNa. Literally brave, the team takes pride in being courageous warriors on the court and not afraid to showcase their power and speed. They display this attitude in fighting for their goal to win and dominate.
- Chiba Jets Funabashi: With the Narita International Airport located in the Chiba Prefecture, the team’s “Jets” moniker symbolizes the people’s dreams. They want to take off into the world with the strength of a jet but with the warmth of humans. The team always aims to soar high above the competition with the boost of their fans and supporters.
- Sun Rockers Shibuya: The Hitachi-sponsored Sun Rockers from Shibuya bring a lot of intensity in their play. They believe that their players and supporters are unified as one in their aspirations to be the best team in the league. They are aggressive attackers of the rim and are very exciting to watch who never fail to bring joy to the fans.
- Ryukyu Golden Kings: Based in Okinawa City, Okinawa, the Golden Kings are a force to reckon with having four championships under their name. They bring their championship pedigree to the table and always live up to their “Kings” moniker. Expect them to be focused on winning and competing hard to add another crown to their list.
- Osaka Evessa: Operated by sporting event promotions services company, Human Sports Entertainment, the Osaka-based Evessa always play with a passion that burns violently with a dignified attitude. They are a three-time champion club and attribute their winning ways from one of the seven deities of good fortune and prosperous god of business, “Ebisu”, also called “Ebesan” in Osaka.
- Shiga Lakestars: With the magnificent Lake Biwa and the stars always shimmering in the night sky of the Shiga Prefecture, which is also rich in nature; the Lakestars always live up to the expectations of their namesake, to shine above the competition for all their citizens. Sponsored by Sun Chlorella Corp, they aim to unite the Prefecture through basketball, beloved by locals, and watch them shine bright on the court.
- Kyoto Hannaryz: Stylized from the Kyoto word, “Hannari”, the team stands for elegance, brightness and gorgeous, which is how you would describe Kyoto being once the capital of Japan. They believe in the succession of culture, so their players embody tradition and apply it on their game. Watch them showcase their skills and talent with class and elegance.
B.LEAGUE TOP PLAYERS TO WATCH LIVE
- Yuki Togashi (Akita Northern Happinets, Chiba Jets): Togashi is a skilled point guard who’s a two-time MVP and a one-time Best Five Team in the league. He’s a scorer but also knows how to get his teammates involved.
- Nick Fazekas (Kawasaki Brave Sanders): Fazekas is a US-born naturalized Japanese player who’s a one-time B.League MVP, scoring leader, rebounding leader and a two-time Best five awardee. He moved from the US to Japan in 2012 and has represented Japan in international competitions.
- Daika Tanaka (Alvark Tokyo): A Japanese shooting guard from Unzen, Nagasaki, Tanaka is a team player and a reliable 3-point shooter. He’s an experienced international player who has represented Japan multiple times, all with podium finishes.
- Davante Gardner (Nishinomiya Storks, Niigata Albirex BB, SeaHorses Mikawa): Three-time B.League scoring leader and All-Star Game MVP, Gardner is one of the foreign players who has made his mark in the league. He’s a proven scorer and can put a team on his back as evidenced by his achievements.
- Josh Harrellson (Sun Rockers Shibuya, Osaka Evessa): Harrellson is one of the foreign players who’s an excellent scorer, rebounder, and defender. He’s an American national who’s also a former National Basketball Association player before becoming successful in the league.
- Thirdy Ravena (San-en NeoPhoenix): Ravena is the first-ever player to be signed under the league's Asian Player Quotas system which involves non-Japanese Asian imports. He’s an up-and-coming combo guard from the Philippines and ready to show his mettle on a bigger stage.
B.LEAGUE TOP COACHES TO FOLLOW
- Luka Pavićević: Born in Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia, he’s a Montenegrin professional basketball coach and a former player. He is a champion coach having led his clubs to back-to-back titles. He has been coaching since 2003 and is a very experienced tactician.
- Paul Henare: From New Zealand, he’s a professional basketball coach and a former player. He’s has won several titles and coach-of-year awards in the New Zealand Basketball League. His high basketball IQ is an advantage he uses in the teams he coaches.
- Ryuzo Anzai: Anzai is a Japanese professional basketball coach and former player. He started as an assistant in 2013 and became a head coach in 2017. He’s worked his way up and is proving he has the wit to lead his team.
- Kenji Sato: Kenji Sato is a Japanese professional basketball coach and a former player. He played four years professionally before becoming an assistant coach in 2011. His experience and vast knowledge have helped him as he became a head coach in 2019.
- Atsushi Ono: Atsushi Ono from Nonoichi, Ishikawa is a Japanese professional basketball coach and a former player. He represented Japan as a player internationally and has been coaching since 2010. He started as an assistant and became a head coach in 2016.
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