NBA Star O.G. Anunoby turns into a Half-owner of the London Lions


NBA Star Ogugua ‘O.G.’ Anunoby Jr. has turn into a part-owner of the London Lions Basketball Membership. The 25-year-old Toronto Raptors participant joins majority house owners 777 Companions after buying a minority stake within the membership. London-born Anunoby has performed over 250 video games for Toronto and have become the first-ever British basketball participant to win an NBA Championship with the workforce in 2019.

The younger wing has performed 5 seasons within the NBA after being drafted within the first spherical in 2017, stating {that a} key aim of his is to ‘encourage youngsters in Nice Britain who wish to play basketball and present that they’ll make it to the league from Britain’. Anunoby now joins the ranks of a cohort of decision-makers on the membership decided to information each the membership and the broader sport to new heights, attracting the perfect of British and worldwide expertise. 

Anunoby’s funding comes as basketball within the UK continues its meteoric rise in recognition. The British Basketball League confirmed file attendances final season as over 15,000 individuals descended upon The O2 Area when the Lions confronted Leicester Riders within the BBL Play-Off Remaining. The London-based facet have additionally reported file viewership figures for his or her EuroCup video games this season on BT Sport, supported in no small half by a record-breaking run throughout each males’s and ladies’s groups. 

Over the course of the final 18
months alone, the Lions grew to become the primary facet ever to win each the BBL Cup and
WBBL Cup in the identical occasion in January, while the lads’s workforce have reached the
EuroCup playoffs – a feat not achieved by another UK workforce in historical past. The
ladies’s workforce are additionally solidifying their declare as one of the crucial profitable
groups in ladies’s sport, having achieved an unprecedented
feat of 52 consecutive wins within the WBBL earlier this
season and going unbeaten domestically for over 650 days. 

O.G. Anunoby mentioned:

“It’s nice to see every little thing
that is occurring in British basketball proper now which is why I’m actually
excited to hitch the London Lions. I simply wish to do my half as a task mannequin to
all of the younger hoopers in London and throughout the complete UK. I stay up for
visiting the workforce within the low season and might’t wait to assist construct with the group.”

Lenz Balan, Vice-President of 777 companions mentioned:

‘We’re delighted to welcome O.G.
Anunoby as a part-owner of the London Lions at such an thrilling time within the
membership’s historical past. Having damaged quite a lot of data this yr, we imagine that having
OG’s calibre and expertise on the possession workforce will assist carry the membership to
the following stage. He’s a prime participant that shares the identical DNA and fervour as our
workforce and might be instrumental in serving to put British basketball on a good
larger stage in years to come back.”



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