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Old 01-27-2012, 08:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some good articles on Micheal Ray Richardson, he's an interesting dude, and a very entertaining and effective coach.

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It's a unique relationship that National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern and London Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson possess.

Stern suspended Richardson for life from the NBA in the mid-80s for failing the NBA substance abuse policy.

Yet years later, Richardson has Stern on his speed dial, touching base with him at least once a month.

"I actually talked to Micheal about a week ago," Stern said from his office in New York. "He stays in touch to just say hello or when he's in town he may want some tickets. I am admiring of his determination. He still does some clinics for us. He did work for us in Europe. We did a bio-documentary on him we use for education. I have been a reference for him. He hasn't disappointed me."
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"I want to say in the kindest way that he's stitching together a fine series of opportunities on the perimeter of where he wants to be," Stern said. "I would be happy to see him be able to fulfil his ambitions.
No grudge over NBA’s lifetime suspension | Basketball | Sports | London Free Press

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Richardson became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in both steals and assists for three years in succession.

Yes, Richardson was that good.

But life somehow manages to provide a reality check and it was no different for Richardson.

In February 1986, Richardson tested positive for cocaine for the third time and became the first player to be suspended for life by the NBA.

"It was the toughest decision I had ever made," NBA commissioner David Stern said from his office in New York. "I knew I was basically ending a man's career."
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Richardson went to work for the NBA in Europe, then the Denver Nuggets. He finally decided to get into coaching.

"I wanted to see if I could do it," he said. "I'm a motivator. I know the game. I got the respect of the players. That's the biggest part of coaching is getting respect of players. If the players respect you they will work hard for you and play for you."

Richardson has been great for the game in London. He's successful, entertaining and demanding. Even in games his teams win, it isn't unusual to see him come out of the dressing room eyes red like an enraged bull because he didn't like the way his team played.

Yet many of the players on the Lightning team have been with him for five years.

"He's a great coach," DeAnthony Bowden said this year. "But you'd better be ready to play the way he wants you to play or you aren't going to be here long."
Mr. Big | London | News | London Free Press

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Old 01-28-2012, 04:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I watch a lot of the NBL, and the London Lighting are a VERY good team.. Well coached.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you been to any games live Chig, or have you been streaming them?
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Old 01-29-2012, 03:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you been to any games live Chig, or have you been streaming them?
Been to every Rainmen game this year, I own season tickets, I love it.

The Lighting are a VERY good team... Only team the Rainmen just can't seem to beat, not like theirs many yet but whatever lol.
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Did you attend Hitmen games before the NBL? Is the quality of basketball than what it was in the PBL?

Haywood and Johnson both have some game, although I thought they were younger then what they are. I would put them at #2 & 3 behind Freeman as NBL players that one day might get an NBA tryout.

The hitmen have a college feel to them, they're young, the coach is strict, and they play 10 guys every game.

Lightning have the 8 man rotation, and attack match-ups,with post-ups at every position except the point guard spot.

I'm already looking forward to the final series between those two. Halifax won't let the Lightning win easily.


On another note, the most impressive feat that Richardson has achieved this year is bringing Rodney Buford off the bench as a 6th man. Dude almost averaged 10ppg one year in the NBA, and yet has bought into being a bench player in the NBL.
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Damn... all the years that I spent in London and NOW they go and get a ball team.

Didn't know that MRR was the coach of the team! Interesting...
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Did you attend Hitmen games before the NBL? Is the quality of basketball than what it was in the PBL?

Haywood and Johnson both have some game, although I thought they were younger then what they are. I would put them at #2 & 3 behind Freeman as NBL players that one day might get an NBA tryout.

The hitmen have a college feel to them, they're young, the coach is strict, and they play 10 guys every game.

Lightning have the 8 man rotation, and attack match-ups,with post-ups at every position except the point guard spot.

I'm already looking forward to the final series between those two. Halifax won't let the Lightning win easily.


On another note, the most impressive feat that Richardson has achieved this year is bringing Rodney Buford off the bench as a 6th man. Dude almost averaged 10ppg one year in the NBA, and yet has bought into being a bench player in the NBL.
Yes I have, and I would say its on par or slightly better. When there's more teams it will be a lot better, but its only the first year. It's looking at this rate that it could be London Vs Halifax in the first finals of the NBL. Other than the first 7-8 games of the season we've won just about all of them against everyone but London lol, don't think we've beat em yet, but always very close games.

I dunno personally so far I've enjoyed the NBL regardless of the small amount of teams. There's been some really good games as well, and probably a lot more I've never seen, as I only watch Halifax and who they play.
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Watched St. John's vs London last night, and it was a decent game.

I thought it would be a cakewalk for London in the semi's but the Millrats will give them a run for their money (assuming they hold onto fourth).

I'm convinced that Stanley Ocitti is the best player in the league after last night, better than Freeman, unfortunately his guards start to rush when the pressure mounts and they can't get him the ball.

Ocitti is a pro; mature, hard-working, humble, and in great shape.
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Watched St. John's vs London last night, and it was a decent game.

I thought it would be a cakewalk for London in the semi's but the Millrats will give them a run for their money (assuming they hold onto fourth).

I'm convinced that Stanley Ocitti is the best player in the league after last night, better than Freeman, unfortunately his guards start to rush when the pressure mounts and they can't get him the ball.

Ocitti is a pro; mature, hard-working, humble, and in great shape.
They're both very talented players imo. Freeman tore up the league the first half of the season, there was no stopping him. I remember our first game against them. Freeman torched us, along with their big men because we have none lol
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They're both very talented players imo. Freeman tore up the league the first half of the season, there was no stopping him. I remember our first game against them. Freeman torched us, along with their big men because we have none lol
Freeman has NBA athleticism; he can guard almost everybody in the league with the exception of a few bigger guys like Ocitti.

I think the fan voting is ridiculous for an NBL all-star game. I don't know who's idea that was, but they should be fired. Just let the coaches & owners pick the best players. They know who is deserving. It's a travesty that somebody like Shawn Daniels only has 300 votes and might not get in.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:48 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ya its kinda stupid, the league doesn't have that much popularity yet to do things like that. Its just hometown fans voteing in their own players. Not much you can do though.
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London vs Halifax today BJ, I dunno if you were watching any of it, but its 57-34 Rainmen in the 3rd. Only guy doing anything for them is Freeman lol. Rest of the Lightning look like they don't care at all. Even Michael Ray is quiet and not doing much, which is weird.
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London vs Halifax today BJ, I dunno if you were watching any of it, but its 57-34 Rainmen in the 3rd. Only guy doing anything for them is Freeman lol. Rest of the Lightning look like they don't care at all. Even Michael Ray is quiet and not doing much, which is weird.


2-0 Chiggy.

I went to the game yesterday and tonight, and they were both fantastic, entertaining games. I don't know what the fan support is like in Halifax, but the atmosphere in London was intense. I think maybe 5000 people in attendance...maybe more. Can't get any better than $25 for quality pro basketball.

London thouroughly dominated tonight, but Halifax kept it interesting with three flagrant fouls almost starting a brawl. Crookshanks was being a complete goon in the second half, and number 6 (who had two great games) threw down a few dirty fouls as well.

The Rainment don't have the chemistry the lightning do, but they're relentless and it will be a hard task to finish them off. I won't be disappointed if your guys send it back to London for game 5. Let me know what you think of game three, and keep an eye on Crookshanks/Freeman, and Brandon Dean/Halifax #6. They don't like eachother.

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A friend of mine took me to the last reg. season game a few weeks ago.

Was fun. Came away impressed.
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2-0 Chiggy.

I went to the game yesterday and tonight, and they were both fantastic, entertaining games. I don't know what the fan support is like in Halifax, but the atmosphere in London was intense. I think maybe 5000 people in attendance...maybe more. Can't get any better than $25 for quality pro basketball.

London thouroughly dominated tonight, but Halifax kept it interesting with three flagrant fouls almost starting a brawl. Crookshanks was being a complete goon in the second half, and number 6 (who had two great games) threw down a few dirty fouls as well.

The Rainment don't have the chemistry the lightning do, but they're relentless and it will be a hard task to finish them off. I won't be disappointed if your guys send it back to London for game 5. Let me know what you think of game three, and keep an eye on Crookshanks/Freeman, and Brandon Dean/Halifax #6. They don't like eachother.
Halifax is a complete different team at home, its amazing the difference in which they play and the flow to their game. If I remember correctly last I saw they've lost like twice at home all year or something like that.

As for the fouling an such tonight, London and Halifax hate each other in general, it should shape up to be a good rivalry for the future and I look forward to it. Crook is like that, hes a good dude, and respectable guy but he can be a bit of a badass on the court sometimes, and in games like this for sure.

Attendance for the playoff series against the Kebs was really good, we had about 4500+ for each game, 15 dollar tickets (cheaper than the reg season too they were 20) and they're expecting about 5500-6000 for this series. So far I'd have to say this team has VERY good fan support and averaged the most to games out of all the teams this year, by a fair margin outside of London.

Sadly I won't be attending game 3 as I have to work which is why I really hope they push it to a 4th at least, but London has been our kryptonite all year and the only team we lose to (lost all but 1 regular season game). They have all been good and close games though, and we lead most of them going late into the 4th quarter and just found a way to lose.

Just to throw it on a side note because I feel it deserves it. Fuck Brandon Dean That is all. Oh and Freeman cuz hes a cocky asshole.

Been a good first year for the league though, can't wait to see how it unfolds for the next few years to come, I think this year was a good building year to get other citys interested in getting a team for themselves.
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From what I'm hearing Ottawa is going to get a team next year. Kitchener & Hamilton are possibilities as well. Also heard that Oshawa had a disappointing season with little fan support will relocate, probably to one of those markets.

Great idea to lower prices for the playoffs; awesoem. London raised the prices $5.
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From what I'm hearing Ottawa is going to get a team next year. Kitchener & Hamilton are possibilities as well. Also heard that Oshawa had a disappointing season with little fan support will relocate, probably to one of those markets.

Great idea to lower prices for the playoffs; awesoem. London raised the prices $5.
Ya all the pre-season games are free, the first reg season game was free, then the last game of the season was free (fan appriciation) and 15 bucks for upper bowl and 20 for lower bowl all year. Can't really argue with it.

Surprises me Oshawa had no support, they were a decent team.
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From what I'm hearing Ottawa is going to get a team next year. Kitchener & Hamilton are possibilities as well. Also heard that Oshawa had a disappointing season with little fan support will relocate, probably to one of those markets.

Great idea to lower prices for the playoffs; awesoem. London raised the prices $5.
what about Montreal? Surely there's a smallish arena that can accomodate crowds of 2,000-5,000. Montreal would seem like logical place to me.
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Montreal might make sense. People make a good case for Mississauga & Brampton as well. But insiders are saying Ottawa is a sure thing, and next in line is KW/Hamilton.
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what about Montreal? Surely there's a smallish arena that can accomodate crowds of 2,000-5,000. Montreal would seem like logical place to me.
They may get involved at some point, but from the looks of it they won't yet, other arena's in Quebec maybe outside of Montreal? Also maybe more teams in NB?

Also I'm curious to see how many years it will be before a city out west gets involved. I don't see it being for a while, as the travel wouldn't be worth it to do consistently unless there was more teams out west as well. Ontario seems to be the cut-off at this point, as it should be really.
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