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8/31/2023 1:22 pm  #341

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Thanks MG!

Yuta just keeps delivering.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Wasn’t long ago when Yuta hit a jumper in an upset of Wichita State and the announcer said: “and there’s another jumper by Wan tin a bay.”
What a journey!


8/31/2023 2:01 pm  #342

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It is a good update above and also indeed, beautiful thing the way Yuta reflects on GW.
His defiance of odds, tenacity, humble personality, work ethic, relentless motor, unselfish play and real success when given a fair chance--which he took great advantage of last year before his team imploded, should make us all feel proud.
  The NBA hasn't rewarded it financially, even though he is the best corner shooter in the league, but he may have a real shot on his new team.
    Every city where he plays loves Yuta.
    And Phoenix will, too. Already welcoming him.


9/02/2023 7:58 am  #343

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Japan defeats Cape Verde 80-71 and qualifies for the Olympics!


9/02/2023 9:11 am  #344

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Just look at Yuta's emotion here:

So happy for him and the rest of Team Japan


9/06/2023 7:04 am  #345

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Yuta is now a brand ambassador for Tiffany and Co.  I tried to paste a link to the interview that auto-translates to English.

NBA player Yuta Watanabe and "Tiffany" Evolving bond (PR) | WWD JAPAN (



9/06/2023 7:56 am  #346

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Nice.  Brand ambassador for GW for life.


10/25/2023 9:36 am  #347

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Yuta had 8 points and 4 rebounds in his debut with the Suns. Beal was out but it's a good sign regardless that's he is getting minutes on a team that has quite a bit of talent.



10/25/2023 11:12 am  #348

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dmvpiranha wrote:

Yuta had 8 points and 4 rebounds in his debut with the Suns. Beal was out but it's a good sign regardless that's he is getting minutes on a team that has quite a bit of talent.


I caught a couple minutes. At one point, he blocked a shot, then hit a three at the other end.  Announcer said “We had a Swat-anabe and a Got-anabe”


10/25/2023 1:10 pm  #349

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I watched most of the game. When he first entered, within a few minutes, he absolutely made an impact. His defense forced bad shots on two occasions, and he took a charge, the kinds of things that don’t show up in the box score.

He clearly has a regular role on the team as long as he stays healthy.


10/25/2023 4:23 pm  #350

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Agree with BGF. Yuta hit a big 3 near the end to help keep Phoenix in the game.
His defense is superb and energetic, responsible, as BGF notes for things that don't show up in a 
box score.
    And in the Swatanabe and Gotanabe period on both ends of the court, believe
Yuta also tipped a rebound to a teammate.
   His coach has pointed to Yuta's value, down to being in the right position all the time. Durant has
saluted his court smarts. 
   Yuta makes every team he's on better and hope one day, he gets appropriately compensated for it.
  But we have a lot be proud of about the type of player he is--and the work he always puts in.


11/01/2023 8:09 am  #351

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Yuta had 11 points in a loss to the Spurs last night. He hit consecutive threes in the third quarter and was brought back in at the end when the game got close. While he missed a big three late he turned in another efficient performance overall.



11/01/2023 11:59 am  #352

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Since he is in Phoenix, some of the games seem to be the late games on TNT, a regular cable
  Suns managed to snatch defeat from the jaws on victory with 1.2 seconds left.
I attribute the Suns painful loss to sitting Yuta too long in the 4th quarter after he widened the lead
in the 3rd.


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