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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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Would LeBron James have been a great NFL player?

LeBron James’ amazing athleticism has been a topic of discussion throughout the 21st century. Inevitably, there have been countless hypothetical questions such as this:...

Remembering legend Pete Maravich’s 68-point game

It’s been a little over 43 years since Pete Maravich dropped a career-high 68 points on the New York Knicks. This, of course, happened several...

Former 76ers GM Brad Greenberg reflects on Jerry Krause’s impact on Bulls

Jerry Krause didn’t draft Michael Jordan in 1984. Rod Thorn, Krause’s predecessor, did. It turned out to be the best draft decision of the 1980s,...

Forty years ago today: Lionel Hollins, 76ers advance to NBA Finals

It was 40 years ago today that shooting guard Lionel Hollins helped guide the Philadelphia 76ers past the Boston Celtics, providing a dynamic spark...

Acquisition of Bill Cartwright gave Bulls a vital anchor

Before the Chicago Bulls morphed into a title contender, they needed to endure growing pains. They needed to mature. And they needed to upgrade...

Formula for success: Michael Jordan and long-armed, versatile teammates

Michael Jordan’s fierce competitive drive is a necessary ingredient in any tale about the Chicago Bulls dynasty. Wisely, it is one of the trademarks of...

On this day (in 1984): Spurs outgunned Nuggets in regular-season finale

On April 15, 1984, in a regular-season finale, there were 17 double-digit scorers in a wild Nuggets-Spurs encounter in San Antonio. The hosts outgunned...

Decades after The Punch: Rudy Tomjanovich reaches pinnacle as Kermit Washington serves time in prison

It’s been more than 40 years since the Lakers’ Kermit Washington slugged the Rockets’ Rudy Tomjanovich. Forevermore it’s known as The Punch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvwRFNkqn-U It was immortalized in...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made history on my 10th birthday

On my 10th birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. I don’t remember hearing about it that week, or being impressed by...

Flashback: The O.J. Simpson Bronco Chase Game (aka 1994 NBA Finals Game 5)

With some extra free time these days, I’ve been watching and rewatching sports highlights and old sitcoms on YouTube, including the 1994 NBA Finals....

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