December 9 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Head coach Vince Macaulay hopes the next time his London Lions take to the court he will finally have his three American signings to pick from.
The capital club are in the middle of a two-week break as the British Basketball League fixture schedule has left them without a game until October 25 when Plymouth Raiders are the visitors to the Copper Box.
The Lions lost their second consecutive game of the campaign with Thursday’s 63-62 overtime defeat to unbeaten league leaders Worcester Wolves, leaving them lying mid table in the BBL Championship after four games.
But Macaulay hopes reinforcements will soon be on the way if a resolution is found to the work permit saga which has delayed the debuts of US imports Nick Freer, Kramer Knutson and Ben Smith.
Officials from the Home Office met with the coach on Wednesday night and he is crossing his fingers that the paperwork will be pushed through in time for the visit of Plymouth, who they’ve already beaten in Devon.
He said: “The interview went well and we’ve been told that they [Home Office] are going to recommend approval, so it will be even more day-to-day than it was.
“I’m hopeful that within the next week to 10 days they will all be here.
“The worse thing about the two-week break [from action] is that we can’t get back at it. The benefit of it is that hopefully by the time we come to play Plymouth we’ll have our full squad so we can go ahead and do what we intend to do.”