|League||National Basketball League of Canada|
Yellow, black, white|
|Head coach||Keith Vassell|
(2012, 2013, 2017, 2018)
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 three-time champions). The Lightning plays its home games at the Budweiser Gardens.
The Lightning name was announced on August 12, 2011. 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. 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.
Carlos Knox was unveiled as the new Lightning head coach on July 17, 2014. He led the team to an 18–14 record. Knox was dismissed in August 2015 after hiding player Jonathan Mills' positive drug test results from Vito Frijia and the league. He was replaced by former Mississauga Power head coach Kyle Julius later in the month.
Julius would lead the Lightning to back-to-back championship appearances in 2016 and 2017, winning the championship in the latter. He would be replaced by former Niagara College and interim Niagara River Lions head coach, Keith Vassell.
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
|London Lightning roster|
Updated: January 29, 2018
|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|
|2014–15||Carlos Knox||18||14||.563||3rd||2||3||.400||Conference Quarter-finals|
|2015–16||Kyle Julius||26||14||.650||1st||10||6||.500||League Runners-up|
|2016–17||Kyle Julius||35||5||.875||1st||11||2||.846||League Champions|
|2017–18||Keith Vassel||27||13||.675||1st||11||6||.647||League Champions|
|Totals||190||78||.709||5 Regular Season Pennants||51||27||.654||4 League Championships|
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- "London Lightning coach, owner deny serious conflict led to coach quitting". The London Free Press. 13 June 2017.
- "London Lightning hire new coach for upcoming NBL season". GlobalNews.ca. 24 August 2017.
- "Arena Info". BudweiserGardens.com. Retrieved February 18, 2014.