Cohey Aoki and Darin Maki, both of whom played for Joe Bryant when he coached the Tokyo Apache (2005-09) are featured in part two of my Hoop Scoop column series on the now-defunct Basketball Japan League franchise.
The two guards reflect on Bob Hill’s lone season (2010-11) in charge. Their season was cut short by the Great East Japan Earthquake, when the Apache suspended operations. Then, weeks later, the Apache owner decided to pull the team out of the league for good.
That said, Hill made a lasting positive impression on Aoki and Maki, and others.