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Tokyo Apache (東京アパッチ) was a Japanese basketball club, based in the city of Tokyo, Kantō Region. They played in the bj league, the top-level Japanese professional League. Their home games were played at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium II, located at Shibuya, Tokyo.

Tokyo Apache
Tokyo Apache logo
Leaguesbj league
Founded2004
History2004–2011
ArenaAriake Coliseum
(capacity: 10,000)
Yoyogi National Gymnasium II
(capacity: 3,202)
LocationTokyo
Team colorsPurple and Gold
         
PresidentChris Hetherington
Vice-president(s)Conor Neu
Head coachBob Hill
ChampionshipsNone
Websitehttp://www.tokyoapache.com/
Uniforms

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HistoryEdit

Early years (2004–2010)Edit

The club was founded in June 2004, but their first season in the bj league, was the 2005–2006 season.

On June 1, 2010 the organization was acquired by a subsidiary of Evolution Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based investment management advisor. Conor Neu has been named the Apache's General Manager, while office manager, Daijiro Kusakabe, will continue to face the league for the team.[1]

Earthquake and tsunami disaster relief effortEdit

After the Great Tohoku quake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Tokyo Apache suspended the remainder of its 2010–2011 season. Tokyo Apache organization and staff then joined forces with Evolution Capital Management and owner Michael Lerch in funding relief projects and organizations. The combined group, which will also include former NBA star and former Tokyo Apache head coach Joe Bryant as well as baseball legend Bobby Valentine, will contribute over 1 million US dollars to such projects and, as the situation stabilizes, aim to participate in programs that will help the people that have been devastated by this disaster.

2011–2012 seasonEdit

As of June 7, 2011, the team announced that it will be suspending operations for the 2011–2012 season. The suspension is due to an inability to secure business partners and sponsors in the timeframe imposed by the bj-league. The Tokyo Apache management noted that the business climate for securing commitments from both current and new business partners and sponsors deteriorated significantly in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. Although the decision to suspend the 2011–2012 season is unfortunate, the Tokyo Apache is committed to continuing its current relief efforts for the benefit of those that were devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. As of November 2011, the team was definitely dissolved.

HonorsEdit

  • bj league
    • Runners-up (2) : 2007/2008, 2008/2009

Notable playersEdit

CoachesEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Basketball.org – Tokyo Apache Acquisition