The wait for basketball fans in Montreal is over

For the first time in nearly 10 years, the city will be represented by a professional basketball team.

On May 25, the Montreal Alliance will face the Honey Badgers in Hamilton, in the first game in its history in the Canadian Basketball Elite League (CBLE).

Four days later, the Alliance will make its first appearance before its supporters in Verdun Hall.

Less than a month away from the opening of this new chapter, what can Montreal residents expect from their new club?

“We’re going to put in a good show, that’s for sure,” said Alliance CEO Joel Anthony.

“We try to attract families and children to make the experience fun, but I also think it’s real fans Basketball in Montreal will be there.”

As an expansion team, joining an already existing league is not easy.

The manager is well aware of this.

“We are a professional team, so of course we want to be competitive and win often. However, we must be realistic and focus on developing our players and our program. The goal, above all, is to build a culture that will last.”

The person who won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 isn’t the first rodeo.

Joel Anthony hopes to pass on his experience to the players, as well as his coaching staff.

Vincent Lavander will also take over as coach of the Montreal team.

“Our motto is diversity. “Vincent (Lavander) we love players who can play in different positions,” said Joel Anthony.

“It makes everyone’s work easier and gives flexibility to our employees. Sports qualities are very important too.”

The team’s training camp will start on May 16, while the opening match will be held in Verdun Hall on May 29. For the occasion, the Alliance will receive a visit to Scarborough Shooting Stars.

The team is forming

With only a few weeks left until bootcamp begins, nearly all of the puzzle pieces are now assembled.

During the LECB U Sports Draft, which took place on April 19, the Montreal club set its sights on two of the country’s most promising players, Alain Lewis and Marc-Andre Fortin.

Lewis, the second overall pick, played college basketball with Carleton Ravens University while Fortin, 19, wasAnd Project selection, lined up with Laval University Rouge et Or.

Six-foot-seven-foot-tall Montrealer Nathan Cayo has also joined the team in recent weeks. The guy who wore the University of Richmond Spiders uniform came home after five seasons in Virginia.

“I am really excited to start playing in front of the fans and to be part of the first season of the Montreal Alliance,” said 24-year-old Caio.

“I would like to thank God for this opportunity to start my career in Montreal, the city where I grew up and learned to play basketball.”

The latest addition to the alliance is called Hernst Laroche. The 33-year-old Montrealer played four seasons in the NCAA Division I before going into exile in France, Argentina and Tunisia to pursue his professional career.

“I have every intention of giving back to the city that has given me so much,” said Hernst Laroche.

“This is a unique opportunity to showcase the colors of Montreal across the country and even internationally. What an honor to represent my hometown!”

Montrealans will have the opportunity to attend 10 Alliance Games this summer at Verdun Hall.

Canadian Elite Basketball League (CLEB)

Bringing together ten teams from coast to coast, LECB is the only professional basketball league in the country. Founded in 2019, the league boasts over 75% Canadian players, making it the professional league with the highest representation of local players in the country.

Each team plays 20 matches, half of which are at home.

Originally consisting of 6 teams, the league welcomed Ottawa blackjack in 2020 as its first franchise expansion.

This year, Montreal joins Scarborough and St. John in the second wave of LECB development.

Two-time champion Edmonton Stingers will attempt to win the award for the third year in a row.

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