London Lightning

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London Lightning
2016–17 NBL Canada season
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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 Kyle Julius
Ownership Vito Frijia
Championships 2
(2011-12, 2012-13)
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] 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]

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.[9]

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. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 44 United States Anderson, Ryan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 29 – (1987-12-19)19 December 1987
F 11 Canada Black, Taylor 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (100 kg)
G 34 United States Capers, Marcus 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 27 – (1989-12-21)21 December 1989
C 20 United States Evans, Nick 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 28 – (1988-04-14)14 April 1988
F 14 Canada Kibi, Eric 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 26 – (1990-08-04)4 August 1990
F 21 United States Maxwell, Stephen 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 23 – (1993-04-29)29 April 1993
G 2 United States Okorie, Nick 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 28 – (1988-07-22)22 July 1988
G 22 United States Patterson, Tyshawn 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 25 – (1991-04-19)19 April 1991
G 10 Canada Ward, Warren 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 27 – (1989-11-16)16 November 1989
G 4 United States Weidner, Jordan Injured 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg)
G/F 15 United States Williamson, Garrett 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 28 – (1988-06-15)15 June 1988
G/F 25 United States Wright, Akeem 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 32 – (1984-11-01)1 November 1984
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Updated: March 26, 2016

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 Runner-ups
Totals 128 60 .681 3 Regular Season Pennants 29 19 .604 2 League Championship

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