Levanga Hokkaido

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Levanga
Levanga logo
Leagues B.League
Founded 2006
History 2007-
Arena Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center
Location Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Team colors Chartreuse and Sapphire
         
President Takehiko Orimo
Website http://www.levanga.com/
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Levanga Hokkaido is a Japanese professional basketball team based in the city of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. The club was founded in 2006 as Rera Kamuy Hokkaido, this name comes from the language of the Ainu, an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido, and means "god of the winds".[1] The franchise changed its name twice in 2011; the first when the club's parent company was kicked out of the league due to financial woes in the season. The team ended the season with a league-backed management group and a new moniker, calling itself Basketball Club Hokkaido. And finally, took its current name Levanga Hokkaido, in August 2011.[2]

The team debuted in the Japan Basketball League in the 2007-2008 season and is one of only three teams in the league not owned by a major Japanese manufacturing company.

Levanga plays its home games mainly at the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center and the Tsukisamu Dome, but, as the team represents the entire Hokkaido Prefecture, also plays some home-games at the Atsubetsu Ward Gymnasium, Otaru City Gymnasium, Eniwa City Gymnasium, Obihiro City Gymnasium & Kushiro Shitsugen no Kaze Arena.

The club is 200 million yen in debt as of March 2017, and this might cause problems in the future.[3][4]

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Levanga Hokkaido roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name
C 5 United States Daniel Miller
G 8 Japan Asahi Tajima
G 9 Japan Takehiko Orimo
G 11 Japan Ryota Sakurai
F 12 Japan Takanobu Nishikawa
C 13 Canada Jordan Bachynski
F 22 United States Jahmar Thorpe
F 23 Japan Daisuke Noguchi
PG 32 Japan Yoshitake Matsushima
42 Japan Yusuke Numa
Head coach

Japan Kota Mizuno


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team or one NBA game at any time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kane Kumagai, Translated by Yongdeok Cho (Noir) (2006). "Ainu for Beginners". UniLang. Retrieved October 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Name change". japantimes. 2011. Retrieved 1 Jan 2017. 
  3. ^ Hokkaido Shimbun (6 August 2015). "債務超過解消と本拠地確保 NBL北海道、新L1部入りの鍵". Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun (3 March 2017). "レバンガ、2億円債務超過 B1資格継続審議". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 

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