Listen to what Takehiko Orimo, a longtime JBL star had to say this week about the current state of affairs in Japanese basketball. He knows progress is being stifled by those who can improve the sport of basketball here.

My Japan Times colleague Kaz Nagatsuka included the following quotes in his article published on Thursday:

“The league has changed its name, like to the `JBL Super League’ in the past, but nothing actually changed but the name,” Orimo said. “We’ve now got to create a professional league.”

“Otherwise, it won’t develop the game in Japan and won’t be a sport that children want to play.

“The majority of the JBL clubs are backed up by big corporations and they’re not willing to join a pro league.

“To be very honest with you, I want those organizations to get out of it.”

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