Los Angeles Lightning
|Los Angeles Lightning|
|League||IBL (2007-2010) IBA (2012-present)|
|Team history||Los Angeles Lightning
|Based in||Thousand Oaks, California|
|Arena||Gilbert Sports Arena|
|Colors||Blue and yellow
|Head coach||Ron Quarterman|
The Los Angeles Lightning is a professional basketball team in the Independent Basketball Association (IBA). The Lightning are owned by Mark Harwell, an entertainment industry executive, and play in the Gilbert Sports Arena on the campus of California Lutheran University.
Founded in 2007, the Lightning first played in the International Basketball League for four years (2007-10). LA joined the IBA for the 2012 Spring season.
The Los Angeles Lightning roster has featured eight former NBA players including Lamond Murray, Bryon Russell, Jamal Sampson, Toby Bailey, Fred Vinson, Juaquin Hawkins, Darrick Martin and Tyus Edney. Lightning player, Fred Vinson is also an assistant coach with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.
In 2012, the Lightning joined the Independent Basketball Association and captured the spring season regular-season title (12-2) behind the solid play of Trayvon Lathan (26 ppg), Chris Ayer (21 ppg, 12.6 rpg) and ex-UCLA star Billy Knight (20 ppg, 48.5% on 3-pointers). The team also played the 2012 Los Angeles Summer Pro League (SPL) finishing with a 4-2 record.
- Toby Bailey 2009
- Tyus Edney 2009
- Juaquin Hawkins 2009, 2010, 2012
- Darrick Martin 2009-10
- Adam Parada 2009-10
- Bryon Russell 2009