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
Colours Yellow, black, white
              
Owner(s) Vito Frijia
Head coach Carlos Knox
Championships 2
(2011-12, 2012-13)
Division titles 1
(2012-13)
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 two time champions). The Lightning plays its home games at the Budweiser Gardens.

History[edit]

Micheal 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 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[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 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002205000000000000205 lb (93 kg)
G 2 United States Little, Emmanuel 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 7002205000000000000205 lb (93 kg)
G 3 United States Johnson, Zane 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 7002210000000000000210 lb (95 kg)
F 4 United States Mims, Elvin 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 7002220000000000000220 lb (100 kg)
G 5 Canada Springer-Williams, Clinton 70001930000000000001.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 7002210000000000000210 lb (95 kg)
C 7 Canada Okolie, Quincy 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 7002230000000000000230 lb (100 kg)
G 10 United States Stewart, Al 70001800000000000001.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 7002170000000000000170 lb (77 kg)
G 11 Canada Diloreto, Enrico 70001850000000000001.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 7002247000000000000247 lb (112 kg)
G 12 United States Hart, John 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 7002200000000000000200 lb (91 kg)
G 13 United States McDowell, Stephen 70001800000000000001.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 7002175000000000000175 lb (79 kg)
G 15 Canada Alexander, Kurt 70001830000000000001.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 7002185000000000000185 lb (84 kg)
F 45 United States Phillips, Marvin 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002247000000000000247 lb (112 kg)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: October 24, 2014

Season-by-season record[edit]

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

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