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Old 06-06-2012, 01:43 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Lightning protecting five players | Basketball | Sports | London Free Press
DurhamRegion Article: Oshawa Power protect five players in advance of NBL Canada free agency

Lightning & Power finalize protected lists.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:31 AM   #22 (permalink)
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NBL Canada expected to grow by one as Windsor moves forward | Metro

Windsor meets NBL deadline | The Chronicle Herald

Looks like Windsor will make it an 8-team league - Mississauga still a maybe.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:27 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Mississauga a strong contender for basketball franchise - *Toronto article - News - MSN CA

Mississauga granted an extension - sounds like the league will make the official announcement on Mississauga and Windsor this week.

http://www.northumberlandview.ca/ind...play&sid=15866

Draft combine coming up in late August.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:55 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Summary of the NBL leage meeting;

Windsor is officially in - 8 team league next year
Quebec City officially moved to Laval
Increased schedule from 36-40 games
Semis are best out of 5 instead of 3,
4th plays 5th in a best of three (really don't like this)



League meetingNBL Canada goes long with schedule, playoff format | Metro

New Windsor FranchiseWindsor lands pro basketball team - Windsor - CBC News

http://www.windsorstar.com/Detroit+b...613/story.html
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so does that mean that mississauga in not in the running anymore?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:15 PM   #26 (permalink)
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so does that mean that mississauga in not in the running anymore?
No luck for Mississauga, they were granted an extension.,..I'm not sure what happened. I think they got the ball rolling to late and just couldn't get everything in order in time.

Ottawa, Kitchener, and Hamilton - apparently their ownership groups weren't financially strong enough for the other owners.

St. Catherines doesn't have a decent facility, but apparently one is being built for 2014 at which time they might be in.

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Old 08-02-2012, 12:06 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Windsor Express basketball team vows to succeed - Windsor - CBC News

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Willis confirmed what CBC News was first to report; the team will be called the Windsor Express.

Willis said the name is partially a nod to the Underground Railroad. He said it is also a reference to Windsor’s old rail yards on the banks of the Detroit River.
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Willis said Windsor “stands to be a better market than any other city in the league” because of its basketball foundation, proximity to the U.S. and size of potential audience.

“The foundation of basketball is just as strong here as it is in the U.S.,” he said, comparing Windsor to Detroit.

Willis said at least three local players are being recruited to play for the team. All of them, he said, are former Windsor Lancers, whose head coach Chris Oliver attended the media conference.

Willis said he wants his players to be part of the community, go to school and get a degree — a second one, if they have already graduated.

Willis called it “holistic player development.”
Wins still key to Lightning’s success, acceptance | Sports | London Free Press


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But being successful on the floor is the ultimate way to be successful at the gate.

Richardson is serious about winning. Every team can protect five players and has until Oct. 1 to sign them. The Lighting protected league most valuable player Gabe Freeman, DeAnthony Bowden, Shamari Spears, Eddie Smith and Tim Ellis.

Freeman has an offer to play in France this year but no decision has been made.

Richardson hasn't invited back Brandon Ellis and Shawn Daniels, two players who have been with him for the last six years.

"It's a business," Richardson said. "They just didn't give us what we expected down the stretch and in this business, winning is everything."

The Lighting are expected to bring in Elvin Mims, a 6-foot-7 forward who was the 2010 Premier Basketball League's MVP with Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry, a team coached by Richardson. Mims played in Australia last season.

Richardson plans on making some changes this year with his roster that he hopes will make the team even stronger. The league retained its $150,000 salary cap. A team can carry no less than 10 players and no more than 12 on the season, with three of them needing to be Canadian.

Richardson plans on carrying 11 so that there is more money available to attract better players.

"I want 11 players that all can play," Richardson said. "We were pretty good last year but we had some guys who did nothing for us."

Richardson knows his team has to get better because with the league going into a second year, the other teams will get better as well, especially established teams like Halifax and Quebec (now Montreal) who don't like to lose and will be gunning for the Lightning.

Fortunately, one thing that hasn't changed is Richardson ability as a quote machine.

When it was pointed out that teams like Halifax and others didn't like losing, he was quick with his response.

"They might as well get used to losing," Richardson said. "There's going to be a lot of that going on."

Raptors to hold training camp in Halifax | The Chronicle Herald

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Andre Levingston, whose Halifax Rainmen will begin training for the 2012-13 National Basketball League of Canada season the week after Toronto’s camp, played a key role in bringing the Raptors back to Halifax.

The president and CEO of the Rainmen once operated a car-detailing business with then-Raptors star Morris Peterson and has maintained a close relationship with the team since those days.

“I think it’s just tremendous for our city to have the opportunity to have them here,” Levingston said at Thursday’s announcement.

“I think it gives our fans an opportunity to get excited about basketball before our season starts.”

The Rainmen boss plans to bring his own training camp hopefuls to Toronto’s workouts so they can experience an NBA camp, he said.

“I’d like to have the opportunity for our guys to actually see what it takes at that level to be professional athletes, the intensity in which they train, the professionalism
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:37 PM   #28 (permalink)
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http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.co...Schedule_3.pdf

2012-2013 schedule released

A few more good years and the head office should be able to hire somebody who is somewhat competent in putting together a schedule using Word/Excel.
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Ricky Benitez was announced today as the Miracles Head Coach/General Manager. Ricky has 27 years of coaching experience and 13 years on a professional level. He is a proven winner by his record of 400 wins and 95 losses. He has either won the Championship or taken his Team to the Championship round everywhere he has coached. He has won Championships in five different countries and has the most wins as Head Coach in WBA History.
Moncton Miracles Announce New Head Coach and General Manager | Oye Times
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Salerno is “thrilled” to return for his second season as head coach of the Summerside Storm, and the native of Barre, Vermont, is anxious to put an improved product on the court for the team's growing fan base.


http://www.journalpioneer.com/Sports...n-Summerside/1

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Haha Windsor express... Horrible name.
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Canadian Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - USBASKET

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The Rainmen announced Wednesday they have hired former NBA veteran Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ) (6'8''-F-61), the owners first cousin, to guide the National Basketball League of Canada franchise this season.

Im excited about the hire, and the opportunity to work with family is always good, Andre Levingston said Wednesday in an interview from Detroit, where he was visiting family and wrapping up a scouting trip.

Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ), 51, becomes the clubs fifth head coach, replacing Spaniard Josep (Pep) Claros, who led the Rainmen to within a victory of an NBL championship in his one season at the helm.

A first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1982, Levingston played 830 regular-season games in 11 NBA seasons with the Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

The six-foot-eight, 210-pound forward averaged 7.1 points per game over his career and was a part of two NBA championship teams with Michael Jordan and the Bulls in 1991 and 1992.
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Canadian Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - USBASKET

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The Rainmen announced Wednesday they have hired former NBA veteran Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ) (6'8''-F-61), the owners first cousin, to guide the National Basketball League of Canada franchise this season.

Im excited about the hire, and the opportunity to work with family is always good, Andre Levingston said Wednesday in an interview from Detroit, where he was visiting family and wrapping up a scouting trip.

Cliff Levingston (agency: Edge Sports ), 51, becomes the clubs fifth head coach, replacing Spaniard Josep (Pep) Claros, who led the Rainmen to within a victory of an NBL championship in his one season at the helm.

A first-round draft pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1982, Levingston played 830 regular-season games in 11 NBA seasons with the Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets.

The six-foot-eight, 210-pound forward averaged 7.1 points per game over his career and was a part of two NBA championship teams with Michael Jordan and the Bulls in 1991 and 1992.
Canadian Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - USBASKET
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The Saint John Mill Rats held a press conference today to announce that they have hired David Cooper as Head Coach for the 2012-2013 NBL Canada season.

Cooper has been an integral part to the Mill Rats organization both on and off the court for the past five years. First as a player for three years, then as an assistant coach and VP of Marketing.

His new role as Head Coach this year is an exciting turn, one that Cooper says will help him develop and train players at the next level. He has been involved with coaching and development for over 10 years now.

Mill Rats General Manager Ian McCarthy states, "We are excited to have David Cooper take on this role for the team. He has been a role model for many and has earned the respect of the fans, organization and players. When the position opened up, it was a no brainer for us."

In 2002, while in college, he founded NetTime Sports an international Sports firm that specialized in the development and training of hundreds athletes throughout the United States and Canada.

Cooper graduated from James Madison University in 2006 after playing Division 1 NCAA basketball. He holds a Major in Kinesiology/ Sports Management and Business.

Cooper also played in the Northeast-10 Conference, was part of the USV1 National Team, was name to the Strength and Conditioning All American team and was a Mill Rats player for three years
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Lightning trade fills big gap | Basketball | Sports | The London Free Press

Eddie "Real MVP" Smith, despite finishing every game, apparently wasn't to happy with coming off the bench and has refused to come to terms with the Lightning, instead forcing a trade to the Laval Kebs.

I'm assuming he was also not to happy about the lack of loyalty the Lightning showed to Shawn Daniels who was solid throughout the season.

Eddie's on-court leadership will be near-impossible to replace and this makes the Rainmen the pre-season favourites.

Personal favourite Tim Ellis will need to step his game up another notch with a more involved role.

All-star Robinson signs with Rainmen | The Chronicle Herald

Rainmen made the biggest splash so far signing 2011 leading scorer Brandon Robinson

My Preseason Power Rankings

1. Halifax
2. London
3. Laval
4. Saint John
5. Windsor

6. Summerside
7. Oshawa
8. Moncton
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