What is the Canadian Basketball Elite League?
The league, founded in 2019 by Ontario real estate developer Richard Petko, aims to become a viable option for Canadian basketball players.
Its association with Canadian basketball makes it a favorite tour for players who wish to continue their career at home after their career at a top-tier university in the United States. Same story for players feeling homesick after years of rolling in the European professional leagues.
It is also attractive to players from NBA farming clubs, and even its alumni, who are hoping to play during the summer season.
A union created by Canadians for CanadiansWe can read on the university’s website and the numbers are there to clarify this.
75% of the league’s players are of Canadian ancestry. With an average of 76%, the Montreal Alliance is no exception. Furthermore, the rule requires teams to have two Canadian players on the field at all times.
Who is the Montreal Alliance?
The alliance stems from a long tradition of basketball teams that passed like shooting stars in the Montreal market, and more broadly in Peel County. The only projects that failed, in some cases, to attract fans of the capital and its surroundings.
Examples include dragons, the Matrix, and the Caps.
Formally formed on October 27 in the Verdun Auditorium, his home, the arrival of the Alliance seems to have been a breath of fresh air for the various players who have been touring around basketball for years.
For FC Montreal, the expression
local flavor It takes another dimension. Ten of the 17 players on the list are from Quebec, or nearly 60% of the team. Three athletes from Ontario, two from the United States and two from Europe have completed the training, which will be led by head coach Vincent Lavander.
The team also decided to assign the assistant position to Rose-Ann Jolly, an aspiring coach who graduated from the NBA School of Basketball in Dubai and who was also offered the reins of the women’s program at the University of Ottawa after acting there last season. .
Montrealer Joel Anthony takes on the role of Managing Director. The former 2.05-meter center won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat (2012 and 2013), along with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Among the players chosen by Anthony, Hernst Laroche and Kimi Osei became the first captain in the history of the alliance.
The University of Arkansas graduate, in the NCAA Division I, Ossé, who was the team’s first player on contract, played for the LECB in 2020 and 2021 with the Saskatchewan Rattlers. He will be one of the captains of the team this season.
Who will be the opponents of the alliance?
Six teams competed for the inaugural season awards: Fraser Valley Bandits (BC), Edmonton Stingers (AB), Saskatchewan Rattlers (SASK), Niagara River Lions (ONT.), Gulf Nighthawks, OT, and Hamilton Honey Badgers, OT.
The 2022 season, which will run from May 25 to August 14, will feature the strongest expansion in its short history. After adding Ottawa blackjack in 2020, three new squads will see the light of day this year: Shooting Stars of Scarborough (Ont.), Montreal Alliance (Qc) and Growlers of Newfoundland (NL).
In an interview, Commissioner Mike Moriale mentioned the idea of reaching a total of 12 teams, and then 14 teams in the near future. The cities of Kelowna and Calgary have already begun discussions with LECB leaders.
Each team will play 20 matches per season, half of them at home. The series is in the form of a four-team tournament, or
the last four For insiders, it will be presented at TD Place in Ottawa, August 12-14. This is when the best team will be crowned at the end of the season.
For those wondering who the title favorites are this season, the Edmonton Stingers have won the last two championships. They have only lost 2 of their last 20 games of the season. Grand…