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Ed Odeven

Ed Odeven, an Arizona State University graduate, is a veteran sports journalist based in Tokyo. He was The Japan Times’ longtime chief basketball reporter.
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Determination fuels Raptors forward Pascal Siakam’s rise to prominence

Pascal Siakam will be a top-tier star for years to come. Yes, his rapid maturation and development at the pro level and his boundless energy...

An appreciation for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s greatness

What’s not to like about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game? He never stops running. He never stops hustling. He never stops inspiring his teammates. There’s an appealing aggression...

High-scoring Rockets need a more artistic (improvisational jazz) approach, less reliance on analytics

Analytics can play an integral role in measuring trends and identifying strengths and weaknesses in professional sports. Advanced statistics can help coaches, managers and...

John Beilein’s lifetime commitment to coaching excellence pays off

It’s nice to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take a gamble on John Beilein. By all accounts, he was an unconventional hire. For starters, he’s 66 years...

Unsung hero Shaun Livingston thrives in pressure-packed Game 6 as Warriors continue title chase

Superstars get the biggest headlines and the most on-air time for interviews, but often they aren't the only big stories in the postseason. Golden...

Russell Westbrook’s career is at a crossroads

Despite his countless triple-doubles, Westbrook is not satisfied with the end results. We’ve witnessed over the past several seasons -- especially since the departure of...

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