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Old 01-04-2014, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious if you guys have checked the league out, hit up many games. I check out the Moncton Miracles games quite often. What do you guys think of the league? think it'll last? Quality of basketball is sometimes embarrassing.
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Old 01-05-2014, 11:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been to half a dozen Rainmen games over the past 7 or 8 years that the team has existed. Not bad quality basketball, but the team itself has become a redheaded step child here in Halifax.

Been in 3 different leagues since they became a team back in '07. They must have been through at least 5 or 6 coaches in that time span. Impossible to really follow the team because it seems like players are just in a revolving door, constantly getting new players and cutting old ones.

It's also 20 bucks for a lower bowl ticket. Compared to the Mooseheads (Memorial cup champions, get to watch players who have a real future in the sport, etc.) tickets which is something like 16-17 bucks for LB.

I don't see the team lasting past this season. The team is 3-19 right now, absolutely shitting the bed. Last game they had just shy of 900 fans, compared to in 2011 when they could draw around 2000.
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That has a lot to do with ownership there. They are too arrogant to run that team, though they did bring in Craig Hodges as head coach. Not a bad signing.
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Yeah, Andre Livingston seems like a pimp acting as an owner. Weird personality.

Too bad, I'd like to see some good ball around here.
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haha, His twitter handle is even him dressed as a pimp. Too funny.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Went to a London Lightning playoff game on Sat, great atmosphere and decent basketball.
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Went to a London Lightning playoff game on Sat, great atmosphere and decent basketball.
I was at game 4 which was very disappointing - nice to see they bounced back.

Why did Windsor refuse to shake hands? Questionable officiating?

Game 7 will be a war; I'm considering making the trip down to Windsor.
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I was at game 4 which was very disappointing - nice to see they bounced back.

Why did Windsor refuse to shake hands? Questionable officiating?

Game 7 will be a war; I'm considering making the trip down to Windsor.
I guess I missed that, Windsor was definitely pissed about the reffing though so that was probably why. Some late calls went London's way but there was some suspect calls both ways as to be expected I suppose. One Windsor player was trying to get at a fan, that was entertaining. I was really impressed with the crowd and how into it everyone was. That was out first Lightning game and we will definitely go back. I would definitely go to Windsor tomorrow if I could, that should be a good game.
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We went to our first Lighting game of the season yesterday in London. The crowd was pretty good for a 2pm game on a Sunday. Some pretty sloppy b-ball yesterday but was a decent enough game with Windsor winning 104-100. Tickets were $10 for upper bowl which was a great view for us. Obviously we would prefer a Raptors game but we only get to 4 or 5 of those a year. I hope the league can grow, Kitchener should get a team and it would be nice to see one more added to make it a 10 team league for now.
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Call it the Washout in Windsor.

If the National Basketball League of Canada had a higher profile, Thursday’s washout would be right up there with the 1987 Punchup in Piestany or the 1976 walkoff when the Moscow Red Army left the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In no way can the NBL flatter itself that it’s that important.

It will have to settle for being remembered as the league that opted to die by suicide in a very public manner.

Thursday was supposed to be Game 7 in the NBL final between the defending champion Windsor Express and Halifax Rainmen. Instead it turned into yet another black eye for a league that saw the Rainmen leave the WFCU Centre because they feared for their safety.

“Due to a physical altercation between the Halifax Rainmen and the Windsor Express the game has been cancelled citing safety concerns for its players and coaches,” Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said. “When the game is not safe for players to compete there is a problem. We have to do a better job of governing our league and putting principles in place where there are strict consequences.

“I have the utmost respect for the game, but what I witnessed today leaves me saddened, not just for me but for our fans, our partners and community who fought so hard to get us to this point.”

It began when the Rainmen arrived for a morning shootaround at what they thought was an empty WFCU Centre.

Reports indicate that the Express were in the building but that their scheduled shootaround time had not yet arrived.

There was a physical confrontation between Express coach Bill Jones and Rainmen forward Liam McMorrow when McMorrow wouldn’t give Jones a basketball.

Both teams then got into it and threats were allegedly made.

No doubt the fight could have been avoided by giving the misbehaving individuals a timeout in the corner and making them miss recess.

Instead, Vito Frijia owner of the London Lightning and a member of the league executive committee left from London to see if he could straighten out the issue. Also in Windsor was Brampton A’s coach David Magley.

As Frijia was heading to Windsor, he managed to stop the Rainmen bus that was heading to the airport on the highway in the other direction.

“I made them pull over and I talked to them about an hour trying to sort things out but they were worried about their safety,” said Frijia who when he initially heard about the fight extra security earlier in the day.

“The Windsor people acknowledge that there was an altercation at shootaround practice. The Halifax players were there when they weren’t supposed to be there. They asked them to leave and they wouldn’t and an altercation happened between some of the players.”

Frijia said early in the evening that the game was not forfeited.

“We are going to have a conference call (Saturday) morning and see what’s going to happen,” he said.

He said Magley would be one of the key figures investigating the situation.

Yet several hours later there were reports that the game was forfeited and Windsor were league champs.

It all makes the league an even bigger joke.

Frijia said that the biggest issue is that many of the players, especially on the Rainmen team, already have contracts to begin play in other leagues next week.

It’s a nightmare for Frijia and the NBL. This is a league that among other things announced a television contract that didn’t exist and that has had three commissioners in four years. The last commissioner Paul Riley announced he was leaving the position on twitter only to have the league try to one-up him an hour later by saying he was fired.

The idea that a Game 7 to decide a championship wasn’t played because of safety concerns stemming from a punch-up in a morning shootaround will no doubt add to the belief that the NBL is the Wild West with the only thing missing the shootout at the OK Corral.

Give it time though. If the league continues to operate without independent supervision, the OK Corral will seem like a spitball fight compared to what might happen.

“I’m sure today’s incident will come with much criticism which is well deserved,” Levingston said. “But I’m hoping it serves as a wake up call that we the owners must do a better job.”
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I've been reading a bunch of articles on this - apparently the coaches for Halifax got $15,000 fines (combined - which they will never pay) and lifetime bans.

Claros the coach for Halifax thinks quite highly of himself. He was a sore loser two seasons ago when Halifax lost to London, complaining and whining about everything and anything. He left the season after, but Halifax brought him back because he is a solid coach. There is no doubt in my mind that he's the reason Halifax got on their bus and left. He's a selfish dude. Definitely strikes me as somebody who could care less about the other people involved just to make a point.

Very unfortunate for the league

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...ticle24220991/

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Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston slams decision to forfeit - Nova Scotia - CBC News
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