Osaka Evessa

Osaka Evessa (大阪エヴェッサ, Ōsaka Evessa) is a professional basketball team playing in the B.League, the top-tier professional basketball league of Japan. The team is operated by the Human Group Sports Entertainment Company. The team is named after Ebisu. In July 2015 it was announced that the team will compete in the first division of the new Japan Professional Basketball League, which will commence from October 2016.[1]

Osaka Evessa
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Founded2004; 19 years ago (2004)
ArenaOokini Arena Maishima,
Edion Arena Osaka,
Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
Saneiwork Sumiyoshi Sports Center
Ikeda City Satsukiyama Gymnasium
LocationOsaka City (Osaka Prefecture)
Team colorsRed, Black and Gold
PresidentMitsunori Uehara
Team managerTatsuya Abe
Head coachMathias Fischer
OwnershipHuman Sports Entertainment
Retired numbers1 (44)
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3rd jersey
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Team colours


The team was formed in 2004 with the expansion of the bj league. They have been the most successful team in the league, having won three league championships in the league's first three seasons.

During the 2007-08 season, the team played their home games in seven separate arenas throughout the Osaka Prefecture and Hyogo Prefecture. This was also the first season that the team's game were broadcast live on television (for two games). The total attendance for their home games was 66,069, and the average attendance 3,003. The team finished in first place during the regular season and won the championship for the third consecutive season.

The 2008-09 season was the first season that the team did not use the Namihaya Dome for any of their home games.


13 Evessa players and trainer have tested positive for Coronavirus in April 2020.[2][3][4] [5] Some other Osaka players may be infected.[6][7]


The team jersey colors are black and red. Under Armour is the current supplier of Evessa's uniforms.

The current uniform sponsors are:

  • Human Holdings Corporation (chest)
  • Abilit Corporation (back)
  • Life Creations Corporation (shorts)



Osaka Evessa roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
F 3   Eliet Donley
PG 5   Takumi Ide
G 11   Reiji Hoshino
SG 14   Takuya Hashimoto
F/C 15   Joji Takeuchi (C)
G 20   Rei Goda
G 22   Fumiya Iio
F/C 24   Kyle Hunt
G 25   D. J. Newbill (C)
G 31   Makoto Kinoshita
F 33   Ira Brown
PG 35   Tatsuya Suzuki
C 54   Sean O'mara
Head coach

  Mathias Fischer

Assistant coach(es)

Ruben Boykin
Kazuya Sasayama

  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 26, 2023

Notable playersEdit

Evessa Bus


  1. ^ "JPBLの「1部~3部階層分け発表記者会見」について" [Regarding the JPBL's "Division 1-3 Assignment Press Conference"] (in Japanese). Nishinomiya Storks. 30 July 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Evessa player tests positive for COVID-19 in B. League first". 2 April 2020.
  3. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz [@kaznagatsuka] (6 April 2020). "Three more Osaka Evessa players have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the club. Much expected..." (Tweet). Retrieved 9 January 2021 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Bリーグ大阪 選手3人が新たにコロナ陽性反応". 6 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Bリーグ・大阪エヴェッサから新たに3選手が新型コロナウイルスに感染 チーム計8人". 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "選手に新型コロナウイルスの陽性反応が出た大阪エヴェッサ、社長が会見「選手やスタッフの健康を第一」".
  7. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz [@kaznagatsuka] (2 April 2020). "An Osaka Evessa player has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced. The player asks for an anonymity. There are about nine more, including players, team staff and arena staff, who have felt sick" (Tweet). Retrieved 9 January 2021 – via Twitter.

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