Osaka Evessa

Osaka Evessa
Osaka Evessa
Founded 2004
League bj League
Team history 2004-present
Arena Maishima Arena,
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium,
Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
Based in Osaka City (Osaka Prefecture)
Team colors Red, Black and Gold
President Mitsunori Uehara
Head coach Ryan Blackwell
Championships 3
Dancers bt Dance Team
Mascot Maido-kun

Osaka Evessa is a professional basketball team playing in the bj 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.

Kensaku Tennichi was the head coach who won the first three championships with the team 2005-2008.

Head coach Ryan Blackwell started at forward for Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY, USA) from 1997-2000.


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 broadcasted 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.


The team jersey colors are black and red. Ozaki has supplied the team's uniform since 2004.

The current uniform sponsors are:

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

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