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London Lions point-guard Andre Lockhart reveals the challenges around enduring lockdowns and playing matches behind closed doors this season.
The 34-year-old, who is now in his sixth season with the Lions, believes it’s even more important to spur on team-mates when there are no fans at home or away matches.
Andre Lockhart pays tribute to NBA Superstar, Kobe Bryant in The Telegraph:
Kobe Bryant was, and always will be, my hero. Growing up in Barbados as an only child, I looked to him for inspiration, guidance and to be my big brother.
Watching Kobe play taught me so much about the game of basketball, not just on the court but by the way he carried himself as an athlete and as a person. His journey, from a rookie that struggled to get game time to one of the best players to ever grace a basketball court, had a real impact on me and my game.
Whatever Kobe Bryant embodied, I tried to emulate in my game. Work hard. Work smart. Just try to be the best you can be every time you walk onto the court. That mentality is what I have always tried to put forward during my career and has helped me get to where I am today.
Kobe’s work ethic, demeanour and competitiveness taught me a lot of things. The one that will always be with me, however, is that if you want something enough, and you’re prepared to put in the work, you can achieve it.
Thank you, Kobe, for all that you taught me and so many others across the world. You are truly missed.
[Read More at The Telegraph(https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2020/12/30/sporting-obituaries-2020the-legends-lost-remembered-cherished/)
Children from poorer backgrounds are impacted 3x more by lack of access as London Lions basketball player Andre Lockhart discusses the vital role sport and community together plays during Covid
THE COVID pandemic has had a major impact on the lives of so many throughout the country, posing some serious physical restrictions and social distancing which has affected each and every domain of life.
Top of that list, has been its impact on mental health, especially its impact on the mental wellness of children and adolescents, for whom have experienced the biggest disruption to their day to day lives out of us all.
This year, Britain’s youth have suffered from an excess of free time under nationwide restrictions which has led to them being cooped up indoors, unable to socialise and being cut off from their networks of social support.
For much of the youth across the United Kingdom, sport plays an integral role in their lives, having undisputed benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing as for many it is not only a way to stay active and keep fit but a means to socialise, relieve stress and, according to a University of Alberta study, cope with adversities in life.
London Lions have brough back veteran guard, Andre Lockhart, for a sixth successive season.
Lockhart is 34 years old now but is coming off his best year yet with the Lions, averaging 6.2 points per game on 46% shooting from the floor and 52% from the three point line, all career highs for the fan favourite.
After playing a significant role in the Championship winning season Lockhart will also continue as Director of Lions’ Basketball Academy Partnerships with the New City College where he serves as a mentor and coach to the talent of the future.
After three seasons with Queens University in the USA, Lockhart arrived in the BBL in the 2010/11 season as he helped Newcastle Eagles to the runners-up spot in the BBL Championship. After spells back in Barbados and Germany, Lockhart returned to the UK in January 2014 and helped Essex Leopards finish as runners-up in NBL Division One, his first Lions’ appearance was in the 2015-16 season.
In what has been a strange off season for everyone, Lockhart was delighted to be back with the Lions:
” Returning to Lions for a 6th year is truly a blessing, the beginning of every season is always exciting but with unfinished business from last season due to the pandemic, and us taking this amazing step into European competition. It’s actually the most exciting season thus far. It’s been a different off season from those in the past but I know the club is ready and being one of the veteran guys so am I. As always, I’m ready to do whatever it takes for us to be successful when my number is called “.
Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay added, “It’s amazing that Andre has been here for six years, you begin to realise how much he and the long-term returnees have shaped the culture of this club. If there is one person you can always count on, its Andre, his attitude is contagious, and he wants so much for everyone around him, hence his immense unselfishness. It’s great that we can continue the journey”.
Fans will get to see the team for the first time on the 15th of September, when Basketball Champions League opponents, Neptunas Klaipeda will be the visitors.
Tickets and details of television coverage will come out nearer the date as we follow Government guidelines on indoor sports.
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