Japan Men's Basketball Squad Shows Stuff To Media

Japan men's basketball squad shows stuff to media

Japan's World Cup 2019 men's basketball squad honed its game on Friday as the media looked on.

NBA rookie Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards, and Yuta Watanabe of the Memphis Grizzlies were both there.

Hachimura got in some dunks in five-on-five practice games.

He also hit plenty of free throws and three-pointers at the end of the session.

He said he was happy to play, as he hadn't practiced since returning to Japan.

He said he thinks the level of the team's roster is the highest ever, and he looks forward to playing in the World Cup.

Watanabe, however, injured his right ankle during the session. He cut short his training and headed to a hospital on crutches.

The Japan Basketball Association says he has a light sprain.

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup opens on August 31 in China.