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London Lightning

London Lightning
2015–16 London Lightning season
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Division Central Division
League National Basketball League of Canada
Founded 2011
History London Lightning
2011–present
Arena Budweiser Gardens
Location London, Ontario
Team colours Yellow, black, white
              
Head coach Kyle Julius
Ownership Vito Frijia
Championships 2
(2011-12, 2012-13)
Website LightningBasketball.ca

The London Lightning is a Canadian professional basketball team based in London, Ontario, Canada. The team was a charter member of the National Basketball League of Canada which began play with the 2011–12 season (of which they are the inaugural and two time champions). The Lightning plays its home games at the Budweiser Gardens.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Micheal Ray Richardson era 1.1
    • Carlos Knox era 1.2
  • Home arenas 2
    • Budweiser Gardens (2011–present) 2.1
  • Current roster 3
  • Season-by-season record 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

Micheal Ray Richardson era

The Lightning name was announced on August 12, 2011. [1] On August 17, former Albany Patroons and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry head coach Micheal Ray Richardson was announced as the Lightning's first head coach. [2] The Lightning would go on to win the 2012 NBL championship, defeating the Halifax Rainmen 116-92 on March 25, 2012 at the John Labatt Centre to take the best-of-five championship series three games to two.[3]

Carlos Knox era

Carlos Knox was unveiled as the new Lightning head coach on July 17, 2014.[4] He led the team to an 18–14 record.[5] Knox was dismissed in August 2015 after hiding player Jonathan Mills' positive drug test results from Vito Frijia and the league. He was replaced by former Mississauga Power head coach Kyle Julius later in the month.[6][7][8]

Home arenas

Budweiser Gardens (2011–present)

Originally opened in 2002, the Budweiser Gardens is a sports-entertainment centre, in London, Ontario, Canada. The arena has a capacity of 9,000. The Lightning shares the arena with London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.[9]

Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Season-by-season record

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2011–12 Micheal Ray Richardson 28 8 .778 1st 5 2 .714 League Champions
2012–13 Micheal Ray Richardson 33 7 .825 1st 6 2 .750 League Champions
2013–14 Micheal Ray Richardson 23 17 .575 4th 6 6 .500 Conference Semi-finals
Totals 84 32 .724 2 Regular Season Pennants 17 10 .630 2 League Championship

References

  1. ^ http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/08/12/18547261.html
  2. ^ http://www.lfpress.com/sports/basketball/2011/08/17/18565196.html
  3. ^ http://lightningbasketball.ca/view/londonlightning/home-page
  4. ^ "Coach Knox takes Lightning in new direction". londoncommunitynews.com. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2014-15 Standings". NBLCanada.com. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lightning dismiss Knox". LightningBasketball.ca. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "London Lightning coach Carlos Knox kept test secret".  
  8. ^ "London Lightning set to name Kyle Julius head coach".  
  9. ^ "Arena Info". BudweiserGardens.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
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