London Lightning

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London Lightning
2017–18 NBL Canada season
London Lightning logo
Division Central Division
League National Basketball League of Canada
Founded 2011
History London Lightning
2011–present
Arena Budweiser Gardens
Location London, Ontario
Team colours Yellow, black, white
              
Head coach Keith Vassell
Ownership Vito Frijia
Championships 4
(2012, 2013, 2017, 2018)
Website LightningBasketball.ca
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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.

History[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 was unveiled as the new Lightning head coach on July 17, 2014.[4] He led the team to an 18–14 record.[5] 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.[6][7][8]

Julius would lead the Lightning to back-to-back championship appearances in 2016 and 2017, winning the championship in the latter.[9] He would be replaced by former Niagara College and interim Niagara River Lions head coach, Keith Vassell.[10]

Home arenas[edit]

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.[11]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

London Lightning roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 0 United States Bolden, Mo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 28 – (1989-08-18)18 August 1989
G 4 United States Capers, Marcus 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 28 – (1989-12-21)21 December 1989
G 6 Canada Dixon-Green, Martin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg)
F 10 Haiti Dalembert, Yohanny 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (110 kg)
C 11 United States Akinkugbe, Bryan Injured 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg)
G/F 15 United States Williamson, Garrett 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 30 – (1988-06-15)15 June 1988
F 30 United States White, Royce (I) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (120 kg) 27 – (1991-04-10)10 April 1991
F 31 United States Williams, Kirk 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
G 32 Canada Friesen, Joel 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 27 – (1990-08-16)16 August 1990
G 44 United States Anderson, Ryan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 30 – (1987-12-19)19 December 1987
SG Canada Johnson, Kyle 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 29 – (1988-12-31)31 December 1988
G United States Herring Jr., Doug 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg)
PG Canada Cadougan, Junior 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 28 – (1990-05-07)7 May 1990
SF United States Boyd, Julian 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 28 – (1990-02-02)2 February 1990
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: January 29, 2018

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
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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