United respond to Tigers building plans

Melbourne United have responded to the plans by a consortium aiming to restore the Melbourne Tigers to the highest levels of Basketball by repeating that they own the name and history to the proud club.

Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli was at first open to a new Melbourne Tigers by saying;

 ‘I think the board and (United owners) Larry (Kestelman) and Michael (Slepoy) would listen to anything – they want to see the game thrive’

Things suddenly taken a turn with Crivelli seemingly extinguishing any feelings of goodwill by next saying the following.

“I’d love to see an NBL team come in and match our funding of Basketball Victoria,” he said.

“We genuinely see ourselves as the organisation who are here to serve the game of basketball at NBL level.

“That is why it is ‘Melbourne United’ as opposed to Melbourne Tigers and its one team for all of Melbourne to get behind.”

The Age newspaper reports that United’s hold of the Tigers name in semi professional sport is a gray area and both sides are negotiating on the release which appears to be a contradiction of Crivelli’s comments unless Vince Crivelli was talking about the NBL name which is professional basketball compared to SEABL’s semi professional state.

Melbourne Tigers are understandably curious about why Kestelman, Slepoy and Crivelli did not fund Basketball Victoria when the team was the Melbourne Tigers and waited until they were a new entity to do so, it is a question that will most likely never receive an answer and will leave Tigers fans no doubt wondering what else was held back in the 2013/14 NBL season.

Tigers fans are confident that the Melbourne Tigers once they are in SEABL and are making good business will be able to match or beat Melbourne United’s contribution to SEABL and show that Melbourne United is not the lone voice in the state of affairs of Victorian basketball.

Melbourne Tigers fans are now eagerly awaiting announcements on ways that they can participate in helping the club get it’s SEABL plans underway while calling on Larry Kestelman and Michael Slepoy to be reasonable by negotiating fairly with the Tigers consortium to hand over the name and history at an affordable price so the SEABL journey can begin without problems and the expected to be slow going NBL buildup can start simultaneously as well.


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    Hello; below is my full CV/Résumé; followed by 6 links; first three links are full game footage; I am wearing #6 in the black jersey (visiting team) The last three links are highlight footage and an article from Eurobasket. Thank You and hope to hear from you soon. Blessings!

    Lorenzo Mcclelland
    United States Passport/ Citizen

    Height: 190cm/6’3
    Position: Guard (1/2)
    Wingspan: 6’8″
    Born: 1987 (27)

    High-School Career

    Oak Park High School
    District Championship in 2005
    Advanced to Regional Playoffs

    Collegiate Background

    Mott Community College 2005-2007
    • 8th in nation in field goal percentage
    • National Championship in 2007

    Wayne State University 2007-2008 (NCAA Div.2)

    • Awarded GLIAC Player of the Week
    • Scored a total of 62 points in the first two
    games of the regular season
    • Led team in assists, min played, second in
    scoring, and third in rebounds

    Rochester College 2010-2011 (NAIA)

    • Averaged 17 pts, 5 assists, 6 rebs, 2 steals,
    .5 turnovers

    Professional Career

    Akraness (2011-2013)

    • 8 games played total


    • 37 mpg
    • 20.5 ppg
    • 5.0 rpg
    • 5.0 ast
    • 3.0 st
    • 0.5 to

    • Advanced team to Playoff
    Finals last time was in 1990

    • Scored career high 38
    points in game 1 of the finals

    • 12 games played total

    • 35 mpg
    • 18.0 ppg
    • 6.0 rpg
    • 5.0 ast
    • 1.5 to

    Eurobasket Summer League Las Vegas

    • Played for Helsinki and
    won the entire summer league

    • Made the 2013 Eurobasket
    Summer League All Star Team

    Currently at a camp in Barcelona Spain until July 1st 2014, ran by Srdjan Premovic and Goran Premovic. Being coaches by top level ACB coaches as well.


    Lorenzo McClelland
    23001 Kenosha
    Oak Park, Michigan USA 48237
    Cell: (+1) 248-376-1094
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