Basketball: Hachimura, Watanabe to miss season-opening head-to-head


Neither Rui Hachimura nor Yuta Watanabe will play in their respective teams' openers as the NBA tipped off its 2021-2022 season Tuesday with a doubleheader featuring title hopefuls from each conference. Hachimura's Washington Wizards will open the season away against Watanabe's Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, with the players' unavailability robbing the league of a Japanese marquee matchup. Hachimura had previously been away from the team due to personal reasons and cleared the Wizards' COVID-19 protocol Sunday. Coach Wes Unseld Jr. said that he has no timetable for the 23-ye...

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