PBC Lokomotiv Kuban

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Lokomotiv Kuban
Lokomotiv Kuban logo
Nickname Loko
Leagues VTB United League
EuroCup
Founded 1946; 72 years ago (1946)
History Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody
(1946–2003)
Lokomotiv Rostov
(2003–2009)
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
(2009–present)
Arena Basket-Hall Krasnodar
Capacity 7,500
Location Krasnodar, Russia
Team colors Red, Green, White
              
President Andrey Vedischev
Head coach Saša Obradović
Championships 1 EuroCup
2 Russian Cups
Website lokobasket.com
Uniforms

PBC Lokomotiv Kuban (Russian: ПБК «Локомотив Кубань») is a Russian professional basketball team that is based in Krasnodar. The club participates in the VTB United League, and EuroCup.[1][2] The team is one of the top tier basketball teams in Russia.

The team's honour list includes a EuroCup championship in the 2012–13 season, and two Russian Cup victories in 1999-00 and 2017–18.

History[edit]

The history of the Lokomotiv starts back in 1946 in Mineralnye Vody. There were few volunteers to play basketball during the first after-war years – not more than 150 people. Teenagers were trained by experienced and patient mentors – railways workers Grigory Abugov and Nikolai Kharchenko. Grigory Abugov later became a famous coach, who raised a number of high-class professionals. Some of them are still in basketball as coaches.

Lokomotiv played in the first league championship for a number of years, until in 1994 it finally got into the elite of the national basketball. In 1999 Lokomotiv got the right to represent Russia in the European tournaments and won the Cup of the International Railways Sports Union.

The season 2002–03 became the final for the team from Mineralnye Vody. Lokomotiv hardly reached the play-off, taking the 8th place out of 10, where it lost to the champion CSKA Moscow in all three matches. It became obvious to many that changes needed to be made. The decision was hence made to move the club to a more developed and economically growing area – Rostov region.

The basketball club Lokomotiv Rostov was established in 2003 in Rostov-on-Don. The project was organised by Andrey Vedischev, the world-class master of sports, bronze medallist of the European Championship and the Russian National Championship.

During the next six years the club played in the city of Don. During these years the "railways'" team was one of the strongest in Russia: regularly entering the play-off of the national championship and in the European cups. The best achievement of the Lokomotiv during these years was the 5th place in the Russian National Championship (2006–07 season) and the final of the FIBA Europe Cup (2004–05 season). In the summer of 2009 the president of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, made the decision to move the club from Rostov-on-Don to Krasnodar. The main reason for that was that the arenas in Rostov were not satisfying the requirements of the Russian National Championship and the club's European tournaments.

First year in Krasnodar (2009–2010)[edit]

The primary logo of the club (2009–2018)

Relocation was followed by the name change to Lokomotiv Kuban. Lokomotiv's first season in Krasnodar was under Sašo Filipovski. The season started successfully for the railways' team. Krasnodar got close to away win against CSKA in first round, then won four times in a row and settled on the second place in standings. Second half of the season was not that successful, Loko went through a few defeats and lost its position in Russian League, by the end of 2009 moved down to the middle of the standings.

Sašo Filipovski was replaced by the Lithuanian national basketball team head coach – Kęstutis Kemzūra.

After losing all chance of staying in EuroChallenge, railways' team concentrated on the Russian League. Under Kęstutis Kemzūra the team started showing stable results. Gerald Green was the most efficient player in the team after second half of the season, center Grigory Shukhovtsov got an invitation to the Russian national basketball team at the end of the season.

2010–11 season[edit]

The direction Kęstutis Kemzūra chose for the team improved its position during this season, which allowed to raise up to the fourth place in the PBL and get to the finals in the EuroChallenge, where Loko lost to Krka – 77:83.

2011–12 season[edit]

Lokomotiv-Kuban have played at the 7,500 capacity Basket-Hall Krasnodar since 2011

In the 2011–12 season Lokomotiv Kuban spent under legendary coach Božidar Maljković and got through to EuroCup Top-8, took bronze medals in Russian League. The right to play in second most important European clubs' tournament, the EuroCup, Lokomotiv got during the previous season, when it got through to the finals of another European clubs' tournament – Eurochallenge.

The next season, the team from Krasnodar looked confident despite the fact that it was a fresher in the European Cup. Passing the group selection with the second result in the group – 4 wins in 6 matches, Lokomotiv went through to the Last 16, where it had to meet with Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas, Italian Benneton and German Alba Berlin. In quarterfinals Lokomotiv met with Khimki, which at the end became the champion.

Apart from the debut in the elite European tournament, EuroCup, the club from Krasnodar also for the first time played in the VTB United League (eastern-European championship). Lokomotiv demonstrated top-level basketball in the regular season, got to the play-offs, and ended up on the fourth place.

2012–13 season[edit]

Evgeny Pashutin takes the position of the Loko's head coach for season 2012–13 – the specialist that had been working on similar posts in Spartak, CSKA, and UNICS. According to the aims and objectives set for the club, roster was improved significantly. Nick Calathes, Mantas Kalnietis, Aleks Marić, Derrick Brown, Alexey Savrasenko, Simas Jasaitis, Valery Likhodey joined the team. During the season Richard Hendrix was called to strengthen the roster. In the EuroCup Final, in Charleroi, on 13 April 2013, the club from Krasnodar won Spanish Bilbao – 75:64, and thus not only earned the most prestigious trophy in its history, but also the ticket to EuroLeague for the next season.

2013–14 season[edit]

In the 2013–14 season, the team debuted in EuroLeague, got through to the Top 16, fighting against the strongest European teams. Derrick Brown was announced the EuroLeague MVP of the Month of November. VTB United League playoffs stayed in our minds as the series with CSKA, which Loko started with two wins. However, the Moscow club took the final three games, and Lokomotiv left the championship at quarterfinals. At the end of the season club's management decided not to sign a new contract with the head coach Evgeny Pashutin.

2014–15 season[edit]

The new coach Sergei Bazarevich joined the team during the off-season, together with the club's management he started forming the new roster.[3] Marcus Williams, Aleks Marić, Valery Likhodey, and Simas Jasaitis left the team. At the same time, Anthony Randolph, Malcolm Delaney, Aaron Miles, Nikita Kurbanov, Evgeny Voronov and Nikita Balashov were called to strengthen the team. One of the main priorities mentioned by the president of the club was getting back to EuroLeague by winning the EuroCup, or going through the VTB United League Finals. Both goals weren't accomplished.

Spectacular rise to the EuroLeague Final Four (2015–2016)[edit]

Malcolm Delaney and Anthony Randolph were named All-EuroLeague Team members following Kuban's historic season

Lokomotiv Kuban hired Georgios Bartzokas as their new head coach. They also received a wild card for the 2015–16 Euroleague,[4] which had since achieved the qualification to the 2016 Euroleague Final Four by beating FC Barcelona 3–2 in the playoffs. Star players for Kuban were Malcolm Delaney and Anthony Randolph, who got places in the All-EuroLeague Teams.[5] Their opponent during the Final Four semifinal would be fellow Russian team CSKA Moscow.

On 14 November 2016, a one season contract was signed with new head coach Saša Obradović.[6]

Arenas[edit]

Lokomotiv-Kuban played its home games at the 3,500-seat Olympus Arena, prior to moving to the newer and larger 7,500-seat Basket-Hall Krasnodar.

Honours and achievement[edit]

Domestic[edit]

  • Russian Cup
    • Winners (2): 1999–00, 2017–18
    • Runners-up (1): 2013–14

International[edit]

Regional[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Russian Cup European competitions
2009–10 1 Super League 5th 3 EuroChallenge
RS
0–6
2010–11 1 PBL 4th Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge
RU
11–5
2011–12 1 PBL 3rd 2 Eurocup
QF
9–5
2012–13 1 PBL 4th 2 EuroCup
C
13–4
1 United League 2nd
2013–14 1 United League 5th Runner-up 1 EuroLeague
T16
13–11
2014–15 1 United League 3rd 2 EuroCup
QF
19–1
2015–16 1 United League 5th 1 EuroLeague
3rd
21–10
2016–17 1 United League 4th 2 EuroCup
SF
10–8
2017–18 1 United League 5th Champion 2 EuroCup RU
22–2

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

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

Lokomotiv Kuban roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
C 93 France Fall, Moustapha 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) 26 – (1992-02-23)23 February 1992
SG 7 Russia Fridzon, Vitaly 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 33 – (1985-10-14)14 October 1985
SF 11 Russia Ilnitskiy, Stanislav 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) 24 – (1994-02-24)24 February 1994
PF 10 Russia Ivlev, Vladimir 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 28 – (1990-02-28)28 February 1990
PF 25 United States Johnson, JaJuan 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 29 – (1989-02-08)8 February 1989
PG 13 Russia Khvostov, Dmitry 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 28 – (1989-10-21)21 October 1989
PG 22 Russia Kulagin, Dmitry 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 26 – (1992-07-01)1 July 1992
SG 5 United States Lacey, Trevor 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 27 – (1991-10-13)13 October 1991
C 1 United States McLean, Jamel 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 30 – (1988-04-18)18 April 1988
SF 20 Poland Ponitka, Mateusz 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 24 – (1993-10-29)29 October 1993
SG 15 United States Whitehead, Isaiah 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 23 – (1995-03-08)8 March 1995
PF 3 United States Wright, Dorell 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 32 – (1985-12-02)2 December 1985
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: August 16, 2018

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Moustapha Fall Jamel McLean
PF Dorell Wright JaJuan Johnson Vladimir Ivlev
SF Mateusz Ponitka Vitaly Fridzon Stanislav Ilnitsky
SG Isaiah Whitehead Trevor Lacey
PG Dmitry Khvostov Dmitry Kulagin Timofei Gerasimov

Management[edit]

  • President – Andrey Vedischev
  • Management Board chairman – Anatoly Mescheryakov
  • Vice-President for Development – Boris Tikhonenko
  • Executive Director – Novikov Nikolay
  • Sports Director of Junior and Youth – Vasiliy Siver
  • Marketing Director – Vasiliy Korshkov
  • Manager of Children and Youth Sports Projects – Andrey Pakhutko

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Head Coach – Saša Obradović
  • Assisting Coach – Christos Pappas
  • Assisting Coach – Aleksandar "Saša" Grujić
  • Athletic Coach – George Vavetsis
  • Athletic Coach – Oleg Krasnoruzhenko
  • Physician – Konstantin Shubin
  • Youth Loko-2 Head Coach – Maksim Sharaphan
  • Youth Assisting Coach – Ilshat Melyaev
  • DYUBL Junior Head Coach – Arseniy
  • DYUBL Junior Assisting Coach – Artur Uruzmanov

Notable players[edit]

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

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ EuroCup team page.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced. Euroleague.net. Retrieved on 2016-05-06.
  6. ^ "New Head Coach of Loko is Sasa Obradovic". lokobasket.com. PBC Lokomotiv Kuban. 14 November 2016. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.

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