Post by notoriousbigz on Aug 12, 2019 12:29:21 GMT
Didn't they announce Will Neighbour recently?
That club is dead and buried as far as I'm concerned. Shire stepping away was a red flag. I think this announcement (as much as I thought Jay "Cliché" Williams was out of his depth) is now a white cross on a white background being waved rigorously.
I reckon I went to more Royals home games last season than any other poster on this forum, so have always been a bit sad by the negative response they get on here. However, I am a pessimist when it comes to British basketball, having seen every team I've supported or followed - Thames Valley Tigers, Kingston Wildcats and, latterly, Guildford Heat - either fold or rebrand entirely. For that reason, I never let myself become too attached to Royals.
The noises coming out from the club towards the back end of season was that the best British players from around Europe were queuing up to sign for them, they had been invited to compete in Europe and that a big arena move was in the offing for 2019/20. Since the playoff final defeat, it's been radio silence, but for announcing the returns of Orlan Jackman and Will Neighbour. Shire has gone, the glitzy social media product has gone with the marketing firm paid big bucks to create the LCR brand and now Williams has been "let go".
As of a few months ago, Shire and Williams both saw themselves very much involved in the club's future. Williams was probably out of his depth and maybe they could have achieved more last season with a more experienced coach at the helm. Given recent developments, this news does surprise me though. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe a better coach with better players are due to be announced imminently, as well as a home venue for the new season.
As with others though, my gut instinct tells me a big question mark hangs over LCR and their future ambitions.
every team I've supported or followed - Thames Valley Tigers, Kingston Wildcats and, latterly, Guildford Heat - either fold or rebrand entirely
So its your bloody fault!!!!
No on a serious note I for one certainly don't want them to fail - why would anyone want them to?
The problem is having been close to Everton Tigers this stinks of exactly the same thing - high net worth investor ploughs money into a club for a year (or a few in Everton's case), then gets cold feet when there is absolutely no return for the hundreds of 000's spent (and it was that in Everton's case and I cant imagine its too far off here).
Its not sustainable. The only way I think it works these days for a new franchise is to start from the bottom and graft your way up (and build a dedicated team/structure/fanbase at the same time) a la Bristol and Worcester (although they have their moments!). If I look at the sustainable entrants since I've been watching down the years - I'm looking at Plymouth, Worcester, Bristol - each of whom spent a considerable amount of time in Div 1 first.
If only the BBL entrant committee took sustainability over the £££s when it came to these things.
Post by massiveridersfan on Aug 12, 2019 13:05:45 GMT
Pretty alarming news for the BBL with so little time left to the start of the season. They always looked like a flash in the pan outfit but surely if they were going to fold there'd have been an announcement sooner than this? I don't think we'll see them splashing the cash around in the same way they did last season even if they continue. That's a good thing imo because it massively impacts on other clubs that are trying to build basketball within their financial limits/constraints.
Post by interestedridersfan on Aug 12, 2019 14:10:17 GMT
London City Royals @ldncityroyals Hey everyone! We know it's been a bit quiet round here, but that's because we have some really exciting news coming later this week! While you wait, have a guess what it could be in the comments below.... ⬇⬇⬇
The above was their last tweet (one week ago on 5th August)
With Shire and Williams gone I'm wondering if a big name player is going to become player coach??