College: University of Kentucky
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Dallas Mavericks
- Miami Heat
- Milwaukee Bucks
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Orlando Magic
Games Played: 13
Basketball and sneakers have been entwined ever since the release of Nike’s iconic black and red Air Jordan 1 sneaker back in in 1985. Back then the revolutionary model was sold for just $65 and now goes for anywhere upwards of $130, with their limited releases of just 8,500 pairs and inaccessibility driving their resale premiums up 398%. Ironically when first released, the unique shoes did not meet the NBA’s dress code, but with Jordan being the player he was, decided to wear them anyway, igniting the first ever basketball sneaker craze in the 80’s, marking the birth of sneaker-culture.
Staying fit during a pandemic is no easy feat, what with the closures of gyms and constant changing of restrictions to keep a handle on. In lockdown 3.0, most people who want to exercise are doing so from their own homes or out in the open air, with just one person from another household. Sure, you could pay a personal trainer to be that one person, but not everyone can afford that. If the average person pushes themselves a little bit too hard in a session, chances are they won’t have anyone but Google to turn to for tips on how to feel better.
Whether you’re putting together a fitness regime for the first time or you’re struggling to reach your workout goals, players from British Basketball League team the London Lions have put together some of their top tips on how to speed up recovery time after a session.
If you've started a fitness routine this year, you might be feeling muscle pains after you work out. Usually, this is a natural part of exercise, called delayed-onset muscle soreness (or DOMS), which means your muscles ache as they take time to heal between fitness sessions. You might be looking for an anti-inflammatory, which often crops up when looking at the best supplements for joints. However, science has also found an all-natural way to reduce muscular pain: cherry juice.
It may sound odd, but drinking cherry juice - specifically tart cherry juice - could have an anti-inflammatory effect, preventing your muscles from becoming too sore and helping your recovery. Scientists from the University of Delaware have studied the effects of tart cherry juice on inflammation, finding some positive effects.
It's a trick that many pro athletes, including top basketball player DeAndre Liggins, swear by too.
The NBA journeyman turned British Basketball League star - who currently plays for the London Lions - says: 'This is a great hack for at home workout recovery as it is cheap and easy to find, but also one of the most effective ways in reducing inflammation.'
Basketball is a great way to keep physically active at home or in the park during this latest lockdown. With team sports suspended, five of the biggest stars in British basketball – Justin Robinson, Joe Ikhinmwin, DeAndre Liggins, Kevin Ware and Dirk Williams – who play for the London Lions share some easy exercises to master in your backyard or on your nearest stretch of concrete. Whether you’ve got kids bouncing off the walls at home or you simply want to hone your game, these are the drills for you:
It’s never easy getting back to exercising after the holidays after spending time relaxing and feasting on holiday comfort foods.
The beginning of the year is when the shift to become healthier kicks in with many of us looking to kickstart the new year with a fitness resolution.
Keeping fit and healthy has never been more important, but perhaps never more difficult, with restrictions in place for many across the country and motivation at an all-time low.
Exercise plays an integral role in the lives of many, having undisputed benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing and is often not only a way to stay active and keep fit but a way to relieve stress.
Five of the biggest stars in British basketball are here to give you their top tips for keeping fit in the new year
With a third national lockdown in place, many of us are looking for ways to keep fit and active during the cold winter months. These new restrictions pose a real disruption to the lives of people throughout the country, with gyms, leisure centres and team sports all being forced to close and put on pause.
Keeping fit and healthy has never been more important, but perhaps never more difficult, with restrictions in place for many across the country and motivation at an all-time low. Exercise plays an integral role in the lives of many, having undisputed benefits for both physical and mental wellbeing and is often not only a way to stay active and keep fit but a way to relieve stress.
Now, with the colder months coming in, many might find it hard to find the motivation to get out and exercise during winter and with most of the UK now under tight new restrictions, being able to maintain our fitness regimes has never been harder.
Five of the biggest stars in British basketball are here to give you their top tips for keeping fit during a lockdown:
BBL Cup, Group 3
London Lions 79-89 Newcastle Eagles (17-19, 36-38, 55-54, 77-77)
The 2020-21 BBL season opened as it ended back in March – with a thrilling overtime game.
The first game of the season saw 2019-20 Trophy champions Newcastle Eagles pick up a victory away from home over hosts London Lions, 79-89, after going into overtime.
Both teams were evenly matched throughout the contest, with no team leading by more than two points at the end of every quarter.
Eagles had started with Fletcher, Edwards, Pflueger, Gordon and Maxwell, whilst the Lions went with Kevin Ware, Dirk Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Fahro Alihodzic and Kervin Bristol. The visitors had some early success with their transition game before the Lions got up to speed. Williams and Ed Lucas were instrumental in that quarter as was Justin Robinson, though it ended with the hosts down, 17-19.
Good defence from both teams meant this was a tight game, whilst not free scoring. Rahmon Fletcher kept his team going whilst Williams hot a pair of triples as the game was ted at 36 before a three-rebound effort from Gordon saw the visitors enter the locker rooms up by a basket, 36-38.
Liggins was to the fore in the third as he and Robinson combined before Alihodzic had back to back offensive put backs. Good shooting from Pflueger meant the Eagles only trailed by one at 55-54.
Drama started in the fourth as Andre Lockhart made his entrance, quickly drawing three fouls, hitting a triple and making free throw. Captain Ikhinmwin also drove and fouled out Maxwell as the pendulum swung to the Lions. A backdoor cut from Fletcher cut the deficit to one point with 8 seconds left as the Eagles fouled Liggins, he made both freebies and on the inbounds from Gordon, he was allowed to run the length of the court and attempt a three which tied the game to the dismay of the home bench.
As both teams entered the extra period, Eagles managed to dominate the home side, out scoring the Lions 12-2, gifting them their first win of the new season, and sending them atop of their BBL Cup group.
Whilst not only saving the game for his team, Justin Gordon also led his team with a whopping double-double of 24 points and 17 rebounds. Dirk Williams led the Lions with 19 whllst Liggins led in Boards and steals with 11 and 5 apiece.
The Lions will now travel to face the Sheffield Sharks on Friday the 6th of November.
Report Duncan Hooper, Pic, Carol Moir
Lions Scorers; – Williams 19, Liggins 16, Ware 10, Robinson 7, Ikhinmwin 7, Lucas 6, Alihodzic 5, Lockhart 5, Bristol 4, Tawiah 0, Walker 0, Dang-Akodo;
Eagles Scorers; – Gordon 24, Fletcher 15, Maxwell 12, Defoe 11, Sayers 11, Edwards 8, Pflueger 8
The London Lions can confirm the addition of five-year NBA veteran, DeAndre Liggins to the 2020-21 squad.
The 6’7” Liggins will play the small forward and guard roles for the Lions. The last time Liggins played in the NBA was during the 2018 playoffs as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, but also played 64 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and had his longest stay with the Miami Heat and their G-League affiliate, Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Achievements include being the G-League Champion in 2016 also an All-Star and two-time G-League Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and 2016. Liggins appeared in 34 games (33 starts) for Sioux Falls during its 2016 championship season and averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.06 steals per game.
2018-19 saw the Kentucky Wildcats graduate play in 25 G-League games – including 21 starts – Liggins averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Liggins had this to say about the Lions forthcoming season in BBL and the Basketball Champions League, “I am very excited to join such a winning and upcoming organisation. My competitive edge and winning mentality will certainly be effective immediately in the London Lions’ organisation, I’m excited and can’t wait.”
Lions Head Coach, Vince Macaulay was pleased to add, “This is a great opportunity for us all in British basketball, Deandre is an unbelievable hard worker, we wanted someone that would nullify the highest of European talent and we think we have him, His experience, his team ethos will no doubt spread into our team, I’m delighted we could sign him and I’m sure all our fans will take him to their hearts.”
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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