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The rise and fall of London Capital - Oct 22, 2013


POSTED BY:
DAVE RYAN
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Chiedozie
Offiah
One of the better known teams in London basketball appears to have come to an end with the announcement that PAWS London Capital are no longer members of EBL Division Two.
The Neasden based club were kicked out on Tuesday after failing to pay membership and licence fees having previously failed to fulfil six fixtures in the National Cup and the Patrons Cup.
It brings to an end a rollercoaster ride for a club formed as North West London Wolverines in 1998 and played briefly in the BBL.
Their second season saw them finish third in Division Three and gained promotion due to a vacancy in the second division and after finishing third in it in 2003 they won the title the following year to join the top flight of the EBL. They also reached the Division Two play-off final in each of their final two years in the competition, and added Capital as a suffix in 2003/4.
The name PAWS London Capital was adopted for their first season in Division One, but with small crowds they struggled during their first couple of seasons in the top flight. The appointment of Pete Peter Deppisch (200-G/F-70, college: Salem St.) as coach for the 2006/7 season saw the former London Leopards player turn things around. They reached the semi-final of both the National Cup and Trophy losing to Worthing Thunder in each occasion and after finishing fifth in the league they won on the road at Leopards in the play-offs before again finding Thunder too strong over two legs in the semi-final.
While this was a massive improvement on previous seasons, it still came as a massive surprise when they were accepted into the BBL in May 2007. With small crowds and no real track record of success many people predicted they would struggle, but the appointment of the British player to have played in the NBA, Steve Bucknall (198-G/F-66, college: N.Carolina), as coach certainly raised a few eyebrows. Despite a roster that seemed to change by the week, Bucknalls team exceeded all realistic expectations by finishing ninth in the 12-team BBL with a 12-21 record.
Bucknall departed in the summer of 2008 with stalwart player Milek Jivens (186-G-74) taking over as player-coach, but Capitals second and final - two seasons competition proved to be little short of a disaster with only five wins from 69 games. They went 2-31 in 2008/9 to finish bottom of the table, and with the BBL growing to 13 teams for 2009/10, they again finished at the foot of the league with a 3-33 record.
With no signs of improvement on or off the court and mounting debts, their franchise was withdrawn by the BBL, although the UKs premier league did negotiate a place in Division One for them to ensure the club continued.
The 2010/11 season saw Jivens remain at the helm, but there was only minimal improvement for his side despite the gap between the BBL and EBL. Capital finished bottom of the table with a 5-13 record, but could count themselves unlucky as the withdrawal of Coventry Crusaders robbed them of two wins, and had the midland club stayed in Division One, Capital would probably have finished ninth in an 11-team table. With that in mind, and an increase in the size of Division One to 14 teams (though Durham subsequently stepped up to the BBL) Capitals reprieve from relegation could be justified.
But the let-off couldnt help them stop the rot as they won just two of their 24 games to finish at the bottom of the table for a fourth successive season, and found themselves back in Division Two.
Worse was to follow last summer when Capital were hit with a 12 point penalty (effectively deducting six wins from their total) and a 750 fine (250 of which was suspended) after fielding Kofi Danso in the previous Januarys game at Leopards under a false name on the scoresheet. Danso was banned for two years while Jivens and captain Chiedozie Offiah (193-F-82, college: Merrimack) were banned for the 2012/13 season.
That deduction effectively ruled Capital out of the promotion race, and ultimately cost them second place in the table as they finished sixth with a 17-5 record. With a better record than play-off opponents Eastside Eagles, Capital looked a good bet to progress in the post-season but in what proved to be their final game they lost 67-63 at their cross-town rivals.
Their off-court problems still hadnt deserted them as they forfeited their first Patrons Cup game of the 2012/13 season, and this season saw them fail to play either of their first pair of games in the competition or their National Cup tie at London Greenhouse Pioneers. With little sign of funds being available to pay their fees, they were removed from the Patrons Cup before the postponement of Saturdays Division Two opener at Ipswich proved to be the final straw for England Basketball.
The multiple off-court over the years, its unlikely that England Basketball will readmit the club in any recognisable form, so it seems to be the end for Capital a club who had as many downs as it did downs.
  




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