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Former Phoenix Sun to run point for Arsenal

December 7, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Anaheim Arsenal News Release

NEW YORK - Dec. 8, 2007 - Yuta Tabuse, a former NBA and D-League point guard has been acquired from the available player pool by the Anaheim Arsenal.

Tabuse, 27, made history during the 2004-05 season by becoming the first Japanese-born player in NBA history. That season he appeared in four games for the Phoenix Suns averaging 1.8 points and one rebound in 4.3 minutes of action per game.

He was drafted by D-League teams twice; first in 2005 by Albuquerque in the ninth round and then the following season by the Bakersfield Jam, in the third round. The 5-9 Tabuse played a total of 77 games for both teams averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Tabuse joins an Arsenal team currently in fourth place in the West Division with a 2-5 record. Anaheim is led by head coach Reggie Geary, who played two NBA seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs and Kedrick Brown, the 11th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

Tabuse takes the roster spot of center Bryson McKenzie who was recently injured.

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