London Lightning

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London Lightning
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Founded 2011
League National Basketball League of Canada
Division Central Division
Team history London Lightning
2011–present
Based in London, Ontario
Arena Budweiser Gardens
Colors Yellow, black, white
              
Owner(s) Vito Frijia
Head coach Carlos Knox
Championships 2
(2011, 2012)
Dancers Lightning Dance Pack
Mascot Flash & Lil' Flash
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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 defending champions). The Lightning plays its home games at the Budweiser Gardens.

History[edit]

Michael Ray Richardson era[edit]

The Lightning name was announced on August 12, 2011. [1] On August 17, former Albany Patroons and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry head coach Michael 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[edit]

Carlos Knox was unveiled as the new Lightning head coach on July 17, 2014.[4]

Home arenas[edit]

Budweiser Gardens (2011–present)[edit]

Main article: Budweiser Gardens

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.[5]

Current roster[edit]

London Lightning roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1 United States Bolden, Maurice 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 205 lb (93 kg)
G 3 United States Mency, Darin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 205 lb (93 kg)
F 4 United States Mims, Elvin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 215 lb (98 kg)
G 5 United States Bennett, Tony 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 175 lb (79 kg)
F/C 10 United States McCombs, Dwight 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 242 lb (110 kg)
G 13 United States McDowell, Stephen 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 180 lb (82 kg)
G 15 Canada Williamson, Garrett 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 205 lb (93 kg)
G 20 Canada Mutombo, Harouna 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 200 lb (91 kg)
G 22 United States Johnson, Zane 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 209 lb (95 kg)
F 23 United States Ellis, Tim 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 196 lb (89 kg)
F 33 Canada Surmacz, Greg 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 251 lb (114 kg)
F 44 United States Johnson, Jermaine 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 248 lb (112 kg)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: July 14, 2014

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2011–12 Michael Ray Richardson 28 8 .778 1st 5 2 .714 League Champions
2012–13 Michael Ray Richardson 33 7 .825 1st 6 2 .750 League Champions
2013–14 Michael 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

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