Rockford Lightning

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Rockford Lightning
Rockford Lightning logo
Leagues IBL 2000-2001
CBA 1978-2000 2001-2006 2007-2009
Founded 1978
Folded 2006
History Lancaster Red Roses
1978-1980
Philadelphia Kings
1980-1981
Lancaster Lightning
1981-1985
Baltimore Lightning
1985-1986
Rockford Lightning
1986-2006
Arena Rockford MetroCentre
Location Rockford, Illinois
Team colors Navy Blue, Gold, Light Blue
Head coach Chris Daleo
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
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The Rockford Lightning was a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association. They were based in Rockford, Illinois. The Lightning were the oldest team in the CBA, originally existing as the Lancaster Red Roses from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That team changed their name to the Lancaster Lightning, then the franchise moved to Baltimore for a year before relocating in Rockford. Their home arena was the MetroCentre. They were the runners-up in the 2001-02 and 2004-05 CBA seasons, losing a winner-take-all championship game to the Dakota Wizards 116-109 in 2002, and a best-of-5 series to the Sioux Falls Skyforce 3-1 in 2005. On January 20, 2006, the team's owner announced that the Lightning would cease operations after the season unless other investors purchased the team and continued its operations. An attempt was made to constitute a new local ownership group, but it was unsuccessful, and the team folded. The Lightning's main rivals were the Quad City Thunder.

NBA call ups from the Rockford Lightning[edit]