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Spain uses 19-0 run to spoil opener fo Rui Hachimura, Japan at Tokyo Olympics

They would have talked about this night in Japan for generations. Imagine: the country’s first men’s basketball game at an Olympics in 45 years, in an arena just north of Tokyo that would have been filled with thousands of flag-waving fans, against the reigning World Cup champions. The pandemic took away Japan’s chance at having the desired scene. Spain took away Japan’s chance of having the desired outcome.

Ira Brown on Rui Hachimura’s popularity in Japan: ‘He’s a rock star’

Rui Hachimura, who leads the Japanese national basketball team, and two-time world champion wrestler Susaki Yui will carry Japan’s flag and lead the host nation’s contingent of nearly 600 Olympians into Olympic Stadium. Ira Brown, who plays on Japan’s 3x3 basketball team, won’t be too far behind Hachimura during the ceremonies.

Former Gonzaga standouts Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert receive green room invites to NBA draft

Former Gonzaga standouts Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert have received green room invitations at the NBA draft. It’s another strong indication that Suggs, likely to be selected in the top four, and Kispert, projected by many as a lottery pick (top 14), won’t have to wait long before hearing their names called July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Gonzaga’s Jorge Sanz hopes he won’t be sidelined from assisting Spain at World Cup

Gonzaga director of basketball operations Jorge Sanz’s summer was unfolding as planned, until a few days ago. Sanz has spent the better part of three weeks as an assistant coach on Spain’s U19 team. Now, with Spain scheduled to leave Wednesday for Riga, Latvia, and the start of the FIBA U19 World Cup just days away, Sanz is in a Spanish hospital bed battling tonsillitis.

Former Gonzaga stars begin postseason with NBA’s play-in tournament

Twenty teams are still chasing an NBA championship, but eight face a longer, winding road. Those eight are in the play-in tournament. That’s where former Gonzaga standouts – Rui Hachimura (Washington), Domantas Sabonis (Indianapolis) and Brandon Clarke and Killian Tillie (Memphis) – face long odds of making a prolonged playoff run.

Bullish on these Bulldogs: Gonzaga’s 2021 squad gets nod at No. 1 on Mark Few’s Finest Four

The competition keeps getting tougher. Yes, across college basketball, but also when measuring Gonzaga head coach Mark Few’s best teams against one another.In the last nine years alone, there is the 2013 Zags that the climbed to No. 1 in the AP rankings for the first time in program history, two Sweet 16s, two Elite Eight and two that played for the national championship. Five have been ranked No. 1, including the 2019, 2020 and 2021 teams.

NBA, union stiffen virus protocols, another game postponed

With four games called off this week already and more teams dealing with virus-related issues, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association enacted additional rules Tuesday in the hope of keeping the season going safely.

Former Gonzaga standouts back at it after abbreviated NBA offseason

Rui Hachimura starred with Bruce Willis in a TV commercial for a Japanese corporation. Domantas Sabonis got engaged. Kelly Olynyk had the shortest offseason of his eight-year NBA career. The NBA offseason didn’t last long, but former Gonzaga standouts found time to attend to important matters.