London Lions announce former Detriot Pistons coach as new general manager

London Lions huddle together at the Copper Box Arena

London Lions huddle together at the Copper Box Arena - Credit: Graham Hodges

London Lions have announced the appointment of Brett Burman as the club's new general manager.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Burman arrives at the Lions with a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game, having spent the past two years as personnel evaluator for the Memphis Grizzlies, as well as four years of NBA G-League coaching experience for the Grizzlies.

Burman has also spent time on the Detroit Pistons coaching staff under current Los Angeles Clippers President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank, and has coached at four different NCAA programmes.

Following a series of announcements on the London Lions' star-studded new season line-ups, Burman's arrival to the management team serves as testament to the Lions' ongoing mission to acquire the brightest local and international talent - both on and off the court - as they continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in British basketball.

Burman said: “I feel extremely fortunate to have been given this opportunity to help build a team and establish a programme that checks all the boxes you look for, especially as a first-time General Manager.

"Stepping into a situation where I am backed by a strong ownership group and head coach, in a global city, competing in the BBL and FIBA - I couldn’t have asked for a better platform.

“I’ve been blessed to have worked with and learn under phenomenal coaches and general managers, whom I consider as mentors, throughout my career.

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"My goal is to take a piece of what I learned from each of them and continue to build on the foundation that has been established with the London Lions.”

Fans will get their first chance to watch the Lions as they take on Italian side Treviso in a qualifying game for the Basketball Champions League.

In what is sure to be a sensational watch, the qualification round commences on September 13, with the Lions needing to win three games in the space of five days in order to progress to the regular season.

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