The upcoming Basketball Japan League (bj-league) Final Four will pit Akita vs. Iwate in the East final and Hamamatsu vs. Shiga in the West final, followed by the title game and third-place tilt.

From The Japan Times archives, here are several in-depth interviews with players and coaches from those teams.


Iwate – Scootie Randall (

Iwate – Jun Nakanishi (

Iwate – Tsubasa Yonamine (


Shiga – Terrance Woodbury (

Shiga – head coach Koto Toyama (

Shiga – Chris Holm (

Shiga – Yu Okada (

Hamamatsu – Nile Murry (