Teams are reshaping their rosters and rotations as the season quickly marches closer to the midway point.
Before the midweek slate of games on Wednesday, teams had already played in 20 percent of their 60 regular-season contests. In that dirty dozen of competition, observers saw the dominance of four teams at the top — the Tochigi Brex, Chiba Jets Funabashi, Ryukyu Golden Kings and Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, all of whom had 10 wins and two losses through Sunday.
And now it’s time for adjustments: to maintain top form or seek a way make subtle improvements that could be the difference between a win or a loss — and a realistic shot at playoff aspirations.
The San-en NeoPhoenix, who were 3-7 in their last 10 games before Wednesday’s clash with the host Yokohama B-Corsairs, made a big move this week by announcing the acquisition of veteran forward Josh Childress. San-en was 4-8 before the aforementioned game, and coach Hiroki Fujita’s club faces an uphill climb to vie for a playoff berth.
“With the addition of Childress, the atmosphere of the team becomes brighter, and we will pursue an edge-effective basketball (style) that is interesting to watch,” NeoPhoenix general manager Seiichiro Kage said in a statement.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Childress rejoins the B. League team he played for in the 2016-17 campaign. In recent years, he’s also suited up for teams in Australia (Adelaide 36ers, Sydney Kings) and the summer Big 3 circuit. Before that, he was the Greek League Cup’s top scorer in 2010 while playing for Olympiacos.