The British Basketball League (BBL) have announced that the Milton Keynes Lions will be moving away from Milton Keynes after 14 years, and taking residence in London for the upcoming season.
The soon to be 'London Lions' will be based, initially, at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, before moving in the 2013/14 season to the 6,000 seat Copperbox at the Olympic Park.
The team will be partnering with Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) and the Teach and Reach Sports Network (R&T) to develop the new franchise, and ensure that, as part of the Olympic legacy, community involvement is high up on the list of priorities for the club.
On the BBL website, Vince Macaulay, of the Lions, is quoted as saying: "We can’t wait to get started! With the partnership of GLL and R&T, combined with an incredible venue, I feel we have all the building blocks in place for a hugely successful community basketball club."
This latest move in the BBL further strengthens London as an upcoming home for British basketball, with the East London Royals also making their BBL debut this coming season.
Earlier this year saw another big basketball event for London, with Nike holding their World Basketball Celebration in Brixton, and having since opened The Regal; a purpose built indoor basketball court that just about every basketball player in the UK wants to shoot some hoops on.