Los Angeles Lightning

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Los Angeles Lightning
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Founded 2007
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
Owner Mark Harwell
Head coach Ron Quarterman
Championships 1 (2009)

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 Lightning captured the 2009 IBL title with an 18-5 record. Lamond Murray, a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in 1994 NBA Draft, was named MVP of the IBL Finals.

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.[1]

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[2] record.

Notable players[edit]


  1. ^ "Fred Vinson". NBA.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ayer racks up 37 in 91-81 win". LA Lightning. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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